What’s Making You Fat?

What’s Making You Fat?

For anyone trying to lose weight, this story is not only going to shock you, but it could make you angry. All your hard work eating right, going to the gym could be sabotaged by chemicals. The kind that are all around you…plastics. CBS 12’s Emily Pantelides has been investigating this story for months now has this eye opening report.

A typical busy morning at Dunkin Donuts. A large coffee here, an iced latte there. Notice most everything people order comes in Styrofoam and plastic. Look around wherever you are sitting right now, odds are you’ll see plastic, from your shower curtain, to your pots and pans, to even your food containers. The shocking truth it could all be making you fat.Dr. Gloria Hakkarinen: We have a crisis on our hands we have to so something.Local Dr. Gloria Hakkarinen is an expert on something you may not have heard about called Obsegens.

Dr. Gloria Hakkarinen: It can actually take cell lines that are sitting there dormant and change the cell lines into fat cells.

Obesegens are the chemical compounds found in everyday plastics that only recently have scientists found out are endocrine, meaning exposure to them can make more or bigger fat cells, slow your metabolism, and increase your appetite.

Dr. Gloria Hakkarinen: Turns on the gene to make more fat cells. It was proved in animal models and humans.

This recent study out of Harvard got a lot of people talking. Students were told to drink out of normal water bottles that contain the chemical BPA, the other students drank out of only stainless steel bottles. In just one week the students BPA levels were up by 96 percent. BPA has been proven to bind to estrogen receptors causing new fat cells to grow.

Dr. Gloria Hakkarinen: It is interesting that a plastic could do such a thing but it can.

The truth is not all plastics are created equal, some are worse for you than others. You can tell because all plastics have a number in a little triangle at the bottom. That tells you the classification.

Tip over your water bottle and you’ll see the number 1 that’s PET, the type of plastic. Not the worst, but warnings are to use it in moderation.

If you see a number 3 that’s one of the worst. You’ll find it in food containers and cling wraps.

The number 6 will be on Styrofoam and some plastic cutlery. This is one of the worst. The warning is to avoid because it leaches into foods .

So the worst thing you can do, according to Dr. Hakkarinen, is have hot things near this type of plastic. For example that Chinese takeout in the foam container or that coffee in a Styrofoam cup, both she says are huge no-no’s.

Dr. Gloria Hakkarinen: It’s going to leach more of the chemicals into the food.

The last number to avoid is 7. That’s where you find that BPA chemical. It’s in the lining of your cans, those 5 gallon water bottles, baby bottles and believe it or not, on cash register receipt paper.

Dr. Gloria Hakkarinen: It’s all around us and we need to make an attempt to avoid these things.

A lot of companies are making BPA free products. Baby bottles and water bottles clearly labeled. The most important thing to take away from this story is to be an educated consumer. Although it’s next to impossible to have zero exposure to plastics you can buy things that are BPA free and try to avoid Styrofoam. You will get a health benefit and perhaps a smaller waistline too.

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