Chemicals that Cause Obesity:
Hi guys! On my Causes or Cures podcast, I am continuing the exploration of the causes and cures for obesity. We know obesity rates are going up around the globe, thereby increasing our risk of other diseases and early deaths. We also saw how it impacted COVID-19 ( making it worse) which I covered with two doctors/researchers in a recent podcast. It’s worth listening to, because they dive into the mechanisms and details of how/why obesity makes COVID-19 worse. You can check out the podcast here.
In a recent episode of Causes or Cures, I chatted with Dr. Jerry Heindel about his and other researchers’ recent reviews published in Biochemical Pharmacology on how chemicals in everyday products may be fueling the obesity epidemic here in the US and elsewhere. He will discuss what these chemicals are and how they cause obesity; what the term “Obesogen” means and why that term should be on our radar; the potential mechanism of actions for how these chemical lead to obesity; when getting exposed to these chemicals puts us more at risk; the current evidence base for these chemicals fueling obesity, and things that we can do on both the individual and population level to reduce or mitigate our exposure. He will also touch on what he says to folks who don’t believe chemicals causing obesity is a concerning issue.
Learning more about chemicals that cause obesity, or at least putting it on the public’s radar, is important when it comes to coming up with solutions on how to tackle the obesity epidemic. It’s not something we commonly think about when talking about obesity. We usually just think about food and exercise.
Anyhow, who is Dr. Heindel?
He has his doctorate in biochemistry and worked in the area of reproductive biology and toxicology while a faculty member at the University of Texas Medical School and the Univeristy of Mississippi. He worked for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for 25 years where he focused on the potential impact of environmental chemicals on the developmental origins of health and disease. He is currently the director of the Healthy Environment and Endocrine Disruptor Strategies (HEEDS), an organization that is funded by grants and personal donations, not corporate interests.
Hope you guys tune in ! You can listen here.
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