Everyone knows that obesity is a rampant problem in North America, but new research is showing that it is not just a simple matter of eating too much and moving too little.
Certain hormone-altering chemicals found in water, air, and soil can induce obesity, too. By disrupting or altering hormones, which are the body’s chemical messengers released by certain glands to affect cells all throughout the body, these invasive chemicals can disrupt metabolism and cause weight gain.
Researchers have been alerted to the fact that obesity is caused by more than just food consumption, thanks to the increased number of fat animals around us. It’s not surprising that house pets – reportedly more than 50 percent of cats and dogs, which is more than 80 million – are overweight or obese, since owners tend to give their pets sugary and/or excessive quantities of foods that they don’t have to forage for.
This research is not meant to belittle the role that too much food and too little exercise has on the human body, since that’s a serious problem in itself, but it adds another disturbing level of complexity. This is yet another good reason and powerful incentive to clean up one’s lifestyle, to opt for organic, free-range food, and to detoxify the beauty routine.
Have you made any changes to your lifestyle recently?