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Why You Should Always Listen To Your Gut…

Examining the bacteria of the digestive tract may one day be a way your doctor diagnoses a disease earlier and more accurately than is possible today. Turns out people with some diseases seem to have a very different mix of bacteria in their intestines compared to healthier people. The relatively new area of microbiome research examines if certain bacteria might cause a disease, or if disease might breed particular types of organisms… it may even be a different of relationship altogether. One thing science does know is that for every body cell, there are an estimated 10 microbial cells – an impressive number that suggests these tiny organisms do have an impact on our health.

Today science is uncovering links between your natural bacterial makeup and the presence of diseases all through the body, not just of the digestive tract. Some of the associations between gut bacteria and illness include conditions like colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diabetes and even obesity. We also know that some bacteria can strengthen the immune system. Others provoke the inflammation that’s a feature of autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and many others.

One recent study finds that those who had untreated rheumatoid arthritis also had more of a certain kind of inflammatory bacteria in their intestines, less of a beneficial bacteria than healthy subjects. What’s more, science has also found a connection between the bacteria that live in your intestines and mental conditions like depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADD, autism and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as others. Part of the reason for this is that intestinal bacteria have the ability to create small molecules (metabolites) that are able to reach the brain and impact the way it works.

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As the numbers of conditions that may be linked to the microorganisms in your digestive tract keeps growing, the natural question is – can you change your digestive bacteria and cure a disease? A long-term dietary change (healthier and varied foods) could reshape the balance of organisms in your digestive tract to create a healthier profile. This would help with better immune function, less inflammation and potentially bring you to a state of overall better health.

What’s more, understanding more about the microbiome (your own unique collection of microbes) that you took in part from your mother at birth, and have determined in part by your lifestyle could lead to advances in treatments for many conditions. Currently, doctors do some of this when they perform fecal transplants on those who have hard to treat c. difficult infections, using healthy feces to help the sick person return to a more healthy balance of bacteria. This is one example of how critical bacteria can be to overall health.

It may be that one day; analysis of your Individual microbiome will be as accessible and easy as routine blood work is today. Customized probiotics could be given that would impact the microbes that are causing the trouble, so a patient would be given a specific organism to help prevent diabetes or becoming obese.

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An Explanation For Hunger In Obesity

If you wonder why food plays such a big part in so many lives, think about this. Over the past hundred years, things have changed very drastically when it comes to food but the basic laws of nature – that energy can’t be created or destroyed – hasn’t changed. This supports the idea that calorie intake minus calories spent equals calories stored. And these days, with food abundant and readily available in most parts of the world, people overeat almost without realizing, taking in more calories than can possibly be burned off in a single day, leaving the extra to be stored in the body as fat. Unhealthy, uncomfortable fat.

Advising obese people to just “eat less” is not very realistic, and it really does not work for most people in the long term. If it worked our hyper focus on calorie balance would have succeeded and we’d have fewer numbers of obese and overweight, not more. All that attention, all that talk, isn’t helping the weight problem. Looks like it might be time for a new approach.

Consider this. The more calories you lock into your fat, the fewer are left to circulate in the bloodstream, and this number is not enough to satisfy the requirements of the body at rest. Obese people have calories, they’re just in the wrong place, resulting in the obese body needing to take in more calories to meet their needs. Obese people get hungrier even as they are undergoing the process of getting fatter.

A good example is edema, a condition where fluid leaks from blood vessels into the surrounding tissues. No matter how much water a patient might take in, those who have this condition, find the fluid continues to leak. These people can also experience unquenchable thirst simply because the fluid won’t stay in the blood, where it should be.

It’s the same thinking for fat cells in the body, they suck up too many of the calories from food so they can keep themselves growing, and thus leave less to serve the energy needs of the body. It’s hard not to eat too much under these circumstances. This very intriguing hypothesis is discussed in an article that appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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This view holds that factors in the environment trigger fat cells in our body to take in and store more glucose and other calorie rich substances. That leaves fewer calories to fuel metabolism, and even at rest, a body burns some calories.
The brain tells the body to take in more calories to meet its needs while also going into an energy saving mode. Eating more solves the problem, but causes all those extra pounds to creep on.

Cutting the calories reverses the weight gain for a bit, which makes us think we’re in control of our weight, but calorie restriction can also up your feelings of hunger and slow the metabolism even more. Just as with a fever, a cold bath will bring down the body temporarily, but will also set biological responses in motion – shivering and constriction of blood vessels to heat the body once again. Our current advice to “eat less” is very much like thinking of fever an issue of heat balance – technically not wrong but not all that helpful either.

This is why, researchers feel, that diets relying on consciously cutting calories don’t work all that well. Why telling people to just “eat less” is unfair. Only one in six overweight or obese people in a national survey say they have ever maintained a 10% weight loss for at least one year using such an approach. Even this small number might be wrong as people tend to overestimate their success when self reporting on a survey.

Clearly it’s time for something new.

To your good health,

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Obesity Linked To Light In The Bedrooms

Here’s an odd thought… could sleeping in a bedroom with too much light be the reason you’re gaining weight? Darkness may in fact be far more important than we had previously thought. A team from London’s Institute of Cancer Research found that women had larger waistlines if their bedrooms were light enough to see across during the night. Of course there isn’t enough evidence to suggest everyone get thicker shades or turn off the night lights, but it is an intriguing finding.

Light in the bedroom can come from clocks, cell phones, tables, even the light on the panel of the TV.

The work involved 113,000 female subjects who were taking part in the Breakthrough Generations Breast Cancer Study and were asked to rate the amount of light in their bedrooms during the night as light enough to read, light enough to see across the room but not read, light enough to see your hand, but not across the room, or too dark to see your hand or you routinely wear a sleeping mask. The answers were compared to different measures of obesity – body mass index (BMI), waste-to-hip ratio and waist circumference. All were all found to be higher in those subjects who reported having a lighter, brighter bedroom.

In this group there was an association between light exposure at night and being overweight or obese. The researchers ruled out other things that might influence sleep and weight such as a lack of exercise, having young children at home and the duration of your sleep. Still, despite the findings, there isn’t enough evidence to show that making your bedroom darker at night would make a difference in terms of the numbers on the scale in the morning. But this is a change that’s easily made.

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One possible explanation for the findings on a light bedrooms and obesity is our own inborn body clock. Perhaps light in the bedroom at night is disrupting this natural system. This clock has been a part of us since the time when we were active during the ay and resting at night… it has remained working into our modern times. We also know that light changes mood, physical strength and the way we process food. Artificial light is known to disrupt the body clock by holding off the natural production of the hormone melatonin.

Interesting to think that the increase in exposure to artificial light at night has also come at the same time as jumps in obesity and diseases like diabetes. No one can say if this is a coincidence or that one causes the others. The possibilities are intriguing.

It’s quite likely that your own bedroom is lighter than you think. People are often not aware of just how bright this space has become. Tonight, look around and see what you might do to make your sleeping space darker, more restful. Pull down the shades to keep street lights from shining in, shut off cell phones, tablets and the like and choose alarm clocks or night lights with an eye for how bright they will seem in a dimly lit space.

The work appears in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

To your good health,

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More Cancer Outcomes With Obesity

Now you have even more reason to lose weight, especially if you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer. Experts know that obese patients have a risk of getting several different types of cancer, but a new bit of research released in advance of the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting has found that being obese also ups the risk that cancer may come back for some people, and ups the chances these people will die from this disease.

We all know that smoking and cancer are linked, but fewer people think about the danger to the body of carrying all that extra weight. Yet in the last several decades, the number of overweight or obese people (including kids) has gone up drastically. Obesity may well, one day, replace tobacco as the leading cause for cancer deaths. Experts have already found obesity is associated with higher risk of cancers of the esophagus, breast, endometrium, colon and rectum, kidney, pancreas, thyroid, gallbladder and perhaps others as well. As if cancer wasn’t enough, obese people are also at increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and a number of different chronic, life-altering diseases.

When it comes to weight and cancer, here’s what we know…

-High birth weight is linked to higher cancer risk.

-Gaining weight during adulthood is linked to a higher risk of several cancers.

-Gaining and losing repeatedly may also be a cancer risk factor.

The current project on obesity and cancer included 80,000 patients in 70 different trials on early breast cancer and body mass index (BMI) estrogen receptor, menopause status, cancer recurrence and the prognosis each patient was given. They compared those with high BMIs (over 30.0) with subjects who had a normal BMI (18.5 to 24.9) over a decade long period. The team saw that for younger, pre menopausal women who had early stage cancer of the breast, obesity appears to be strongly linked to poorer outcomes, up to and including death.

Those with BMIs over 30.0 had a 21.5% chance of dying, while women with average BMIs had a 16.6% chance of death. This only applies to those who had hormone receptor positive breast cancer; there was no effect of obesity in those who had the negative estrogen receptor form of disease.

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These findings support the current thinking of healthcare professionals – women need to maintain a healthy body weight following being diagnosed with breast cancer. Doctors may also want to more closely monitor obese women who are premenopausal, and encourage them to move toward a more healthy weight.

One reason obesity is such a problem is because it does cause inflammation all through the body. The inflammation may activate the aromatase gene, which is responsible for converting estrogen and this hormone is known to fuel cancer growth in the hormone receptor positive form of disease. Obese people also have more fat, hormone producing tissue and this can be involved in the growth of cancer.

There is a lot more to understand in terms of breast cancer and obesity. One thing to recognize right now is that carrying too much weight is not good for you. It keeps you couch bound, has you feeling awful and puts you at risk for serious diseases. Losing the weight is possible, but it won’t come quickly or easily – anyone who tells you differently is not being honest. That does not mean change isn’t possible and sustainable for you as it has been for others. Tap into the resources around you, including your own doctor or a dietitian.

To your good health,

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Ingredient In Dark Chocolate Could Prevent Obesity, Diabetes…

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Sounds too good to be true, right? Something in chocolate is actually good for diabetes or obesity? Today over a third of U.S. adults are considered obese, and at risk for type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease, stroke, arthritis
and even some forms of cancer. Obesity happens over time… when you routinely take in more calories than you burn. And we all know the calories in chocolate, not to mention the fat and sugar.

There are a total of 25.8 million adults and children in the U.S. with type 2 diabetes. If you have this disease, you probably know that your body doesn’t produce (or use) insulin the right way. At first your pancreas makes extra insulin to try and help out, but over time it just can’t keep up, can’t keep your blood sugar at normal levels. Left untreated there are serious, life altering complications that can come from this disease, but with proper treatment, monitoring and lifestyle changes, you can delay or perhaps even prevent complications.

When it comes to preventing obesity or type 2 diabetes with chocolate, understand that we’re talking about dark chocolate here. Experts are moving closer to understanding what particular natural ingredient in dark chocolate might help prevent obesity and perhaps type 2 diabetes. This comes from research appearing in the ACS Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry on lab mice that found a particular type of antioxidant in cocoa prevented the mice from gaining too much weight, and brought down their blood sugar levels.

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Cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate is actually one of the most naturally flavonol rich food sources you can find. Earlier studies have shown that flavanols in foods like grapes and tea can help in the battle against type 2 diabetes and
weight gain. They are also thought to benefit the heart by lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow. Not all flavanols are created equal. Cocoa appears to have several different types of these beneficial compounds, which prompted
researchers to test each one individually to see if they offered any benefits to health.

The team fed groups of lab mice different diets (high fat, low fat, plus high fat supplemented with different flavanols). When they added one set of these compounds known to science as oligomeric procyanidins (PCs) to the food this made the most noticeable difference in keeping the mice from gaining weight if they were being fed the high fat diet. The mice also had better glucose tolerance, and this could suggest benefits in preventing type 2 diabetes.

The oligomeric PCs seem to have the greatest anti-obesity and anti-diabetic properties of all the flavanols in cocoa.

Of course flavanols are also what give dark chocolate its strong, bitter taste, not always appealing to everyone. To get the most potential benefits, the researchers suggest choosing unprocessed dark chocolate, and enjoy it in moderation.

If you’re obese, losing even a small amount of body weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise plan can help you – just 5 to 10% can get you on the road to feeling better and better health. It may even prevent development of serious, life altering conditions. For those already managing type 2 diabetes, talk with your own healthcare team before making dark chocolate (in moderation, of course) a part of your eating plan.

To your good health,

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7 Health Problems Of Drinking Diet Soda

The single biggest source of calories in the American diet is soda. On average we drink almost two cans a day. In an effort to watch calories, diet varieties of our favorites are readily available. What most people don’t realize is that drinking diet varieties of soda comes with some serious side effects that can cause real health problems. Today kids drink diet soda at more than double the rate of the last decade, while for adults consumption has increased just about 25% according to numbers from a study appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

By raising awareness about the very real downside to all that soda we’re drinking experts hope this might help more of us stop consuming so much of it.

1. Kidney problems – In an 11-year Harvard Medical School study including 3,000 female subjects the researchers found that diet soda is linked to a two fold increased risk for kidney decline. Kidney function started going down when a woman drank over two sodas a day. The findings also suggest that sugar sweetened sodas are not the culprit, but rather the diet sweeteners that are being used instead.

2. Metabolic syndrome – based on a University of Minnesota study from 2008 of nearly 10,000 adult subjects, just one diet soda a day was associated with a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome, a group of symptoms that put you at higher risk for heart disease.

3. Obesity – we know that diet soda does not help you lose weight. This comes from a University of Texas Health Science Center study that saw the more diet soda a person drank, the greater their risk was of becoming overweight. Drinking two or more servings a day upped waistline measurements by 500%. The reason appears to be that artificial sweeteners disrupt the body’s natural ability to manage calorie intake based on how sweet tasting a food is. This means eating diet, artificially sweetened foods might have you overeating.

4. Hangovers – drinks that are made with diet soda get you more drunk, faster according to research from the Royal Adelaide Hospital located in Australia. The reason is that sugar free mixers allow the liquor to enter your bloodstream much faster than those with sugar. So you get drunker, and suffer the consequences the next day.

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5. Cell damage – diet soda has one thing many regular varieties do not, mold inhibitors (sodium benzoate, potassium benzoate), and this is bad news because these preservatives have the ability to causes damage to the DNA in the mitochondria. They totally inactivate it. These substances have also been associated with hives, asthma and other allergic problems.

6. Tooth decay – because diet soda has a very acidic pH, it dissolves tooth enamel. Those who drink three or more sodas per day have worse dental health according to a University of Michigan analysis of data from dental checkups.

7. Reproductive problems – this comes from the can you drink is housed in. Many containers are coated with the substance bisphenol A (BPA) a known endocrine disruptor that has also been linked to problems as broad as heart disease and obesity to trouble having children.

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Watch out!: Fat Intake More Important Than Exercise For Belly Fat

If your teen is struggling with belly fat, encourage him/her to stick to a low fat diet to keep from building up this kind of dangerous abdominal fat according to new research. Low fat diets works better than exercise or watching the number of calories per day finds the work appearing in the journal Clinical Nutrition. Teens (and others) often think that you can eat an unbalanced diet and compensate for it by getting plenty of exercise. Now we see that’s just no so.

Belly fat is often attributed to people at mid life, but teens can (and do) suffer from the problem as well, and feel just as badly about it. What’s more, weight at this area puts young people at risk for being diagnosed with health problems that are not usually experienced until later in adulthood, things like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

The current research on reducing abdominal fat in teens included 224 subjects taking part in the Spanish HELENA study, whose belly fat had been measured using dual x ray absorptiometry along with collecting information on their dietary habits and levels of physical activity. The team divided dietary intakes into three ranges based on the participants’ fat intake. There was a high range where fat accounted for over 41.4% of total dietary calories, the mid range of 33.6% to 41.4% of dietary calories from fat and the lower fat group taking in under 33.6% of total energy from fat.

The work also looked at the different types of fat, and saw that there was no significant link between saturated fat and total or abdominal fat, but there was a significant link between intake of mono and poly unsaturated fats and total and belly fat in the subjects. Of note, the research was conducted in Spain where diets naturally have a lot of unsaturated fats.

To make that awful belly fat disappear, teens (and others) need to look to what you’re eating, and other habits as well. Some more guidelines for cutting belly fat include:

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Be sure to get enough sleep at night, from 7 to 9 hours a night at a minimum.

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Replace high calorie starches on your plate with low calorie leafy greens or
orange veggies.

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Increase your activity level and do short bursts of very intense activity during
some exercise sessions.

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- Switch to whole grains for breads or pasta.

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Eat more fiber, as teens with a higher fiber intake have less belly fat
than low fiber eaters.

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Eat a healthy breakfast.

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Limit sugar from foods and drinks; like soda, baked goodies, fruity or sweetened
breakfast cereals and some granola bars.

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Avoid snack mixes with trans fats; the ones that list partially hydrogenated
vegetable oil as an ingredient.

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Manage stress as this can have your body storing extra fat in your belly.

Clearly behavior in the teen years can have more impact than anyone realized. This is especially important to think about for this age group as some were starting to make their own choices about food, while also giving up or cutting back on sports.

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What Could Alters Our Sense Of Taste

Science is learning more about obesity every day. New research in mice finds that being obese may bring fundamental changes in perceptions of sweet taste by changing the number of cells that react to sweet stimuli. Other research has found that obesity can lead to changes in the brain, and the nerves that are in control of the peripheral taste system. No one, until now, has looked at the cells on the tongue, the ones that actually make the first contract with food.

Too many of us, experts say, have become accustomed to a diet that’s rich in taste (sugar and fats) but not in valuable nutrients. And taste is a highly subjective sense; something that tastes barely sweet enough to you might be overpoweringly so to another person. Our tongue and taste buds are our own and have given rise to the question of if taste perceptions and preferences influence weight. Since obesity is a preventable, for the most part, health condition, it’s important to look at how we understand taste.

Interesting that fat is not one of the five tastes recognized – these are sweet, sour, salty, umami and bitter. The tongue naturally has taste receptors for two key macronutrients; sweet for carbs, umami for protein.

The latest research on taste differences examined 25 normal mice along with 25 of their littermates who were fed a high fat diet and became obese. To assess the response to different tastes, measures of calcium signaling pathways in the mice were taken. When cells recognize a taste, there are small changes in calcium, and this is what was measured. Obese mice responded more weakly to sweetness and bitterness. Severely overweight mice are unable to respond to sweet tastes because of a lower number of cells that are able to detect sweetness.

When compared to slimmer mice, the obese mice in the study had fewer taste cells for sweetness. The sweet taste receptors they had reacted weakly to sweet stimulation.

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The research team, lead by Kathryn Medler of the University of Buffalo believes
their findings present the idea that obesity can bring fundamental changes in
how the taste cells on the tongue work. This may play a part in both appetite
and control of hunger and may be a key piece involved with diet induced obesity.
What she and the team saw was that even at the first contact in the taste pathway,
the taste receptor cells are impacted by obesity.

It remains unclear how these changes might be tied into obesity. Maybe not being able to sense sweetness as well causes obese people to eat more of it in order to feel satisfied. Earlier work has found that overweight subjects have stronger desires for sweet and savory foods, but might not taste them as well as those who are thinner.

There is still much to learn about the link between taste, appetite and obesity. In future such work could lead to new ways to encourage healthy eating, perhaps new treatments to help get these cells on your tongue back on track, and certainly build an awareness of the link between our bodies an the food we consume.

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How Probiotics Can Help Obese People

Fascinating findings on probiotics and their impact on the body, particularly in obese people. Daily supplements of some of these organisms, combined with an herbal preparation, improved parameters related to obesity according to new South Korean research. The study supplied subjects with a combination of seven probiotic strains along with Bofutsushosan, an herbal preparation of 18 unique parts, and found significant differences in HDL levels compared to subjects who got the herbal preparation alone. This latest work appears in the journal Clinical Nutrition.

Researchers out of Dongguk University and Cell Biotech Co did a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trail with 64 obese women. The subjects were randomly assigned to get capsules of Bofutsushosan with or without probiotics for an eight-week study period. The probiotic supplement used is called Duolac 7 and is a fourth generation dual coated probiotic with one capsule providing 5 billion viable organisms of seven different strains.

The team saw that while there was no big difference in body composition and metabolic markers between the groups, the HDL cholesterol of the probiotic takers showed the same positive results as earlier work from a different study. This may bring the promise of an effective treatment for obesity that might include such supplements. The researchers remind us that microbial imbalance in the gut (known as dysbiosis) has been associated with obesity; this unbalanced state may promote inflammation in the intestines causing metabolic disorders such as insulin resistance and diabetes.

There’s a lot of science coming out that supports the effect of the microorganisms in our digestive system on metabolic factors and perhaps obesity as well. In 2006 Jeffrey Gordon and a team at Washington University reported that the microbial population in the digestive tract are different for lean and obese people. What’s more, when the obese patients lost weight, their microflora went back to that observed in the lean patient. This suggested that obesity might have a microbial component to it as well.

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The same team pushed things even further. The St. Louis based experts found that probiotics in a yogurt did not colonize the gut microflora when studied in identical twins, but added observation in mice found that ingestion of probiotic bacteria brought a change in many metabolic pathways, especially those related to carb metabolism.

Bacteria are a natural part of our digestive tract, a complex community where there are hundreds of species and populations of organisms that affect many aspects of health. What we eat has an impact on them. They have an impact on how well our immune system works, how we detox from harmful compounds, how we digest our food and eliminate waste. Overweight people have a less diverse gut population than lean people do, and interestingly this makeup changes when heavy people lose weight.

The take away? You know that what you eat and how much you move are key factors in how much you weigh, but it could be that unseen intestinal organisms also have a role to play. They may even be a pathway to losing weight or maintaining a weight loss, assuming of course that like the subjects studied, you follow a healthy diet that’s got lots of fiber and is low in saturated fats.

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Childhood Obesity Caused By Specific Type Of Packaging

Important news on BPA (bisphenol-A), one of those chemicals that’s nearly impossible to avoid – it’s in just about everything – plastics, the lining of aluminum cans, cash register receipts. We know that this compound can disrupt the endocrine system and that’s been associated with effects on health. Recent research has tied exposure to BPA to an increased risk for asthma, heart and kidney disease, thyroid problems and even changes in the brain.

Now a new study finds that young girls who are exposed to high levels of this chemical risk becoming obese. BPA could be what’s known as an environmental obesogen – a compound that disrupts the natural development/balance of lipid metabolism. This can, and does, lead to obesity. It makes experts wonder, could all the exposure to BPA be partially responsible for the obesity epidemic?

The study included over 1,300 children (grades 4-12) who were going to school in Shanghai. Urine samples were taken from the students to determine BPA exposure. They also examined the subjects for other risk factors involved in childhood obesity including what they ate, how active they were and a family history. The subject children were then divided into groups based on BPA exposure.

The team saw that girls from 9 to 12 years old, who had higher than average BPA urine levels were two times more apt to be either overweight or obese than those with lower than average levels. Girls with “extremely high” levels of BPA were five times more likely to be in the highest weight percentile group for children their age. There was no risk increase in girls over 12 or in boys at any age.

It may be that girls in the throws of puberty are more sensitive to the impacts of BPA on both energy balance and fat metabolism.

This study comes on the heels of research in September 2012 that uncovered that kids with the highest levels of BPA exposure, also measured through urine samples, were two times more likely to be obese compared to children with the lowest levels. What’s more, it didn’t matter how many calories they were eating.

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Childhood Obesity Caused By Specific Type Of Packaging. Continued…

Since 1980, obesity rates have nearly doubled in the world according to figures from the World Health Organization. There are currently more than 1.4 billion adults, another 40 million children who are estimated to be overweight. Nearly two thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, one third of kids and teens according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration claims that BPA is safe at the very low levels that are found in some foods, though the agency is conducting more studies to see if the chemical is safe as it’s used in packaging. As recently as June 2013 consumers were reassured that the currently approved uses of BPA in food containers and packaging was indeed safe.

BPA has been formally banned from baby bottles and sippy cups since last summer, though many companies had already been removing the chemical from these products anyway. In March 2012 the U.S. FDA rejected a petition for a full ban on BPA, citing a lack of evidence to support such an action.

The findings of this latest research add fuel to the fire concerning the ban on BPA in food uses. Environmental chemicals can certainly contribute to the obesity epidemic and thus we should try to control exposure, especially of youngsters, whenever possible.

To your good health,