Many postmenopausal women, all women after a certain age for that matter struggle with weight gain. We go on diets, exercise, and follow the latest fads yet often nothing works. Perhaps we are missing the true culprit. Obesogens may be sabotaging your weight & overall health so it is essential that you know what they are and how to avoid them.
Obesogens are named so due to their link to the obesity epidemic in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 43.3% of women over the age of 40 are considered obese. Obesity-related illnesses like cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers are among the leading causes of premature death in women. Many of these are preventable like poor diet and lack of movement. Additionally, hormone imbalances caused by these obesogens, are a newly discovered threat to public health.
What exactly are obesogens?
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are exogenous chemicals or a mixture of chemicals, that can interfere with any aspect of hormone action. These can include the pharmaceuticals we use, over-the-counter skin care, cleaning supplies, and other environmental toxins. Even the food we eat and the water we drink may have a negative effect. We are continually bombarded with these toxins daily.
The NIH states, “Recently, EDCs have been implicated in metabolic syndrome and obesity. Adipose tissue is a true endocrine organ and, therefore, an organ that is highly susceptible to disturbance by EDCs.”
A subset of EDCs called “obesogens promote adiposity. Which is a condition of having much or too much fatty tissue in the body—also known as obesity. Obesogens alter the development of fat cells and increase energy storage in fat tissue. Additionally, they interfere with control of appetite and satiety.” In a nutshell, obesogens are messing with our fat storage, weight, and health.
According to Healthline.com, “Some obesogens have not only been linked to obesity but also to birth defects, premature puberty in girls, demasculinization in men, breast cancer and other disorders.” Exposure to obesogens can happen in the womb, leading to a child’s possible increased risk of obesity later in life.
So how do we mitigate our exposure to toxins and their effects on our health and weight? The following are some simple steps you can take now to reduce your toxic load of these endocrine-disrupting obesogens: READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
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Lorraine Miano discovered her passion of offering menopause advocacy, support and resources to women in all phases of menopause through health coaching, proper nutrition and preventive lifestyle choices. She received her certifications as a Health Coach and hormone health expert from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
She has been able to help even more women by writing and publishing her first book, The Magic of Menopause: A Holistic Guide to Get Your Happy Back! The book helps guide women through the struggles they face as they begin menopause and helps tackle the daily changes such as balancing hormones holistically, getting a better night’s sleep and reducing or eliminating hot flashes, to name a few.
Lorraine loves to encourage her clients with her mantra “Menopause is NOT an ending! IT IS a new beginning!”
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