Are Chemicals in Your House Making You Fat?

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Even if you eat well and exercise, your weight might still be affected by the chemicals in your environment.
Air Date: 8/19/15
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Lisa Beres, Certified Green Building Professional
ron-lisa-beresLisa and Ron Beres are Certified Green Building Professionals, Building Biologists and published authors of several books including Just GREEN It! and the children's book, My Body My House. In addition to testing the health of homes, their consulting business includes celebrities and Fortune 500's. They are award winning television media experts and have appeared on The Rachael Ray Show, The Suzanne Show, The Doctors, Fox & Friends, The Today Show with Matt Lauer, NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams, Discovery’s Greenovate and Chelsea Lately on E!
  • Book Title: Just GREEN It! Simple Swaps to Save the Planet + Your Health
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/RonandLisaTheHealthyHomeDreamTeam
  • Guest Twitter Account: @RonandLisa
Are Chemicals in Your House Making You Fat?
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You may have asked your friend or partner countless times, "does this outfit make me look fat?"

But, have you ever sprayed perfume and asked that very same question?

Even if you eat well and exercise as much as you can, your weight might still be affected by the chemicals in your environment. 

These chemicals are referred to as obesogens, and are defined as foreign chemical compounds that disrupt normal development and balance of lipid metabolism, which in some cases, can lead to obesity. 

Essentially, they may trigger your body to store fat, even if you're restricting calories. 

Obesogens work in three ways: they increase the number of fat cells you have, expand the size of fats cells, and influence appetite and cravings and how your body burns calories.

Even if you're naturally thin or lean, you can also be affected.

Obesogens are found in dietary, pharmaceutical and industrial compounds and you're exposed to them via plastics, dust, air fresheners, cookware, furniture, fabrics, toys, and food packaging... just to name a few. 

Certified Green Building Expert, Lisa Beres, says there are five main categories of obesogens.

BPA makes plastic shatter-proof. It's also found in canned food lining and cash register receipts. It increases insulin resistance and makes your fat cells bigger. Exposure can even start in the womb. 

Phthalates are used to soften PVC plastic (they are identified as #3 on the bottom of plastic materials). They're  found in toys, lunch boxes, back to school products (backpacks), shower curtains, fragrances, cosmetics, and air fresheners. Phthalates lower testosterone and decrease your ability to burn fat.

Tributyltin (TBT) is a highly toxic biocide that has been used extensively to prevent the growth of marine organisms on the hulls of large ships. It's become a problem in the aquatic environment because it is extremely toxic to other organisms, such as fish and seafood, which humans then consume.

Perfluorooctanoic acid is found in many industrial products, such as non-stick cookware. It affects your thyroid gland, which is responsible for regulating your metabolism.

Flame Retardants
Flame retardants are found in everything from older mattresses to electronics and building materials. They also interfere with thyroid function.

From fruits and veggies to your tap water, pesticides are becoming more rampant. They slow your thyroid's function, and thus slow your metabolism.

The best way to combat the chemical influence on your waistline, says Beres, is to aim to reduce your exposure to all of these chemicals as much as possible.

In the accompanying audio segment, Lisa Beres joins Naturally Savvy hosts, Andrea Donsky and Lisa Davis, to share more about the chemicals that are making you fat.
Sylvia Anderson

Originally from Minnesota, Sylvia moved to California for the sun, sand and warm temperatures. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in English and Communications, both of which she has put to good use in her work with RadioMD as Senior Editor.