Is our environment making us fat? – Australian Nutrition Centre

Is our environment making us fat?

Can we blame our environmental exposure for making us fat? The evidence suggests we can lay at least part of the blame on them. Providing an answer for those who don’t respond adequately to ‘diet and exercise’.

I was recently reading a journal article on obesity and what we call ‘endocrine disruptors’.

I was blown away, but it makes sense.

My amazement quickly shifted to excitement as I felt like I finally had the scientific explanation for those clients that just can’t seem to lose weight or break a plateau.

Time and time again, when we put people through a protocol for weight loss and the weight doesn’t move, or stops moving, we start focussing on removing toxins and pollutants and things start shifting again.

The best part is, I get the privilege of looking like I’ve performed some wizardry.

This also explains why our hCG protocol is so successful for breaking plateaus and weight loss in general.

So what’s the science?

The journal article is a review of the current evidence and the purpose of the review is to summarise the impact that environmental chemicals can have on energy metabolism and the structure of adipose tissue. Ie. Proof that things we are exposed to in everyday life, and lots of it, are not only making us fatter, but also preventing weight loss.

Recent findings demonstrate that such endocrine-disrupting chemicals, termed “obesogens”, can promote adipogenesis and cause weight gain. This includes compounds to which the human population is exposed in daily life through their use in pesticides/herbicides, industrial and household products, plastics, detergents, flame retardants and as ingredients in personal care products.

In summarising the actions of obesogens, it is noteworthy that they sit in fat cells and their ability to increase fat deposits has the added consequence of increasing the capacity for their own retention. This has the potential for a vicious spiral not only of increasing obesity but also increasing the retention of other fat-soluble pollutant chemicals with an even broader range of adverse actions. This also might offer an explanation as to why obesity is an underlying risk factor for so many diseases including cancer.

I’ve included a photo of the effects of such environmental toxins that were given to a mouse at birth and one that wasn’t exposed. The effects are obvious. The photo is the mice at 4-6 months.

How does it all work?

The following is the proposed mechanism of action for these obesogens.

Increased number of fat cells -> Increased size of fat cells -> Altered endocrine regulation of fat tissue development -> Altered hormones regulated appetite, satiety and food preference ->

Altered basal metabolic rate -> altered energy balance in favour of storing calories -> altered insulin sensitivity and fat metabolism in endocrine tissues.

So what do I do?

First of all, avoid exposure. Common compounds found in everyday exposure include:

  • Weed killers
  • Pesticides
  • Phtalates (and are used mainly as plasticizers to increase the flexibility, transparency and durability of plastic materials. They are found in many consumer products including adhesives, paints, packaging, children’s toys, electronics, flooring, medical equipment, personal care products, air fresheners, food products, pharmaceuticals and textiles)
  • Red dyes and colourings (particularly FD&C Red no. 3)
  • BPA (now ubiquitous in consumer products such as water bottles, linings of water pipes, coatings on food and beverage cans, thermal paper and dental sealants)
  • -Parabens (used as antimicrobial agents for the preservation of personal care products, foods, pharmaceutical products and paper products. They are widely present in human tissues including breast tissue and have estrogenic properties).

What else can I do?

We need to get these things out of our body. But as you read above, they imbed themselves in our fat cells and prevent their clearance. As our fat cells are continually breaking down and reforming, we need to use a strategy that helps bind and clear the toxins as part of our weight loss.

This means enhancing the function of our gut and detoxification organs like out gut and using clever tools that can bind to these toxins, helping rid them. Ensuring adequate nutrient intake to facilitate this detoxification is also a must.

This is what I specialise in. But this is never ‘one-size-fits-all’. We’ve all had different exposures acting in different ways. So it’s my job to work out what could the problem and prescribe accordingly.

I think this information is important for EVERYONE, so please share with your networks.

There is honestly nothing more frustrating than putting in effort for no reward. You just feel like giving up, you feel trapped.

No one should feel like this, and it’s one of my life missions to help people live the life they deserve.

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Darbre, P. A. (2017). Endocrine Disruptors and Obesity. Current Obesity Report, 18-27.


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