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Can Pesticides Make You Fat?

Can pesticides make you fat? According to Stephen Perrine, author of "The New American" Diet, YES! It can also cause diabetes as well. Perrine's newest book discusses certain chemicals found in common foods called "obesogens" and how they play a role in the American obesity crisis.
Obesogens are chemicals that disrupt the function of hormonal systems; many researchers believe they lead to weight gain and, in turn, numerous diseases that curse the American populace. They enter our bodies from a variety of sources—natural hormones found in soy products, hormones administered to animals, plastics in some food and drink packaging, ingredients added to processed foods, and pesticides sprayed on produce. They act in a variety of ways: by mimicking human hormones such as estrogen, by misprogramming stem cells to become fat cells, and, researchers think, by altering the function of genes.

Author Stephen Perrine (editor of Children's Health, editor-at-large of Men's Health) and co-author Heather Hurlock research and discuss the link between obesogens and the American obesity crisis, as well as increases in rates of diabetes, depression, heart disease, declining birth rates and sperm counts, and possibly autism.

In the clip below, Stephen Perrine chats with The Early Show host, Harry Smith about obesogens and their role in obesity and diabetes. He also goes to great lengths about how avoiding these chemicals are as easy as switching to an organic diet and eating grass-fed meats free of synthetic hormones.


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Perrine even discusses the impacts of eating foods packaged in certain plastic containers and BPA.  This guy may be onto something... Hmmm... Eating Organic is not only good for you, it can help you lose weight!

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[...] Can Pesticides Make You Fat? [...]

I would be more concerned about the cancers and degenerative diseases the chemicals cause rather than getting fat...

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