Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Are Making Us Fat and Giving Us Diabetes

Animals and Babies Are Getting Fatter Too …

We documented in 2012 that that toxic chemicals in our food, water and air our causing an epidemic of obesity … even in 6 month old infants.

No matter how lazy and gluttonous adults may have become recently, 6-month-olds can’t be lazy … they can’t even walk, let alone go to the gym.   And 6-month-olds can’t “binge” … Gerber doesn’t make corn dogs or milk chocolate truffles fried in beer batter.

And we documented in 2012 that the same thing is being observed in animals … hardly your stereotypical couch potatoes.

A study published last month in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice found that it’s harder for adults today to maintain the same weight – even at the same levels of food intake and exercise – as adults in the 1980s. (As reported by the Atlantic and the Independent.)

And last month, the prestigious Endocrine Society reinforced the argument that endocrine-disrupting chemicals are making us fat.

As Medical Xpress reports:

Emerging evidence ties endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure to two of the biggest public health threats facing society – diabetes and obesity, according to the executive summary of an upcoming Scientific Statement issued today by the Endocrine Society.


The statement builds upon the Society’s groundbreaking 2009 report, which examined the state of scientific evidence on endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and the risks posed to human health.


The chemicals are so common that nearly every person on Earth has been exposed to one or more. An economic analysis published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in March estimated that EDC exposure likely costs the European Union €157 billion ($209 billion) a year in actual health care expenses and lost earning potential.

“The evidence is more definitive than ever before – EDCs disrupt hormones in a manner that harms human health,” said Andrea C. Gore, Professor and Vacek Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Texas at Austin and chair of the task force that developed the statement. “Hundreds of studies are pointing to the same conclusion, whether they are long-term epidemiological studies in human, basic research in animals and cells, or research into groups of people with known occupational exposure to specific chemicals.”


Animal studies found that exposure to even tiny amounts of EDCs during the prenatal period can trigger obesity later in life. Similarly, animal studies found that some EDCs directly target beta and alpha cells in the pancreas, fat cells, and liver cells. This can lead to insulin resistance and an overabundance of the hormone insulin in the body – risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.

Epidemiological studies of EDC exposure in humans also point to an association with obesity and diabetes, although the research design did not allow scientists to determine causality. The research offers insights into factors driving the rising rates of obesity and diabetes. About 35 percent of American adults are obese, and more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Society’s Endocrine Facts and Figures report.

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  • Brockland A.T.

    A little short on what exactly to do about avoiding or reducing endocrine exposure and unclear if this can be remedied or must be tolerated once symptoms appear.

    Apart from the obvious solution of halting e. disrupter entry into the environment, which probably isn’t happening anytime soon.

    • Jim Payette

      one estrogen mimic comes from the lining used in cans of food. acidic tomatoes and fruits leach the most. Soybean are another although fermented soy is not – things like soy milk is the worst = a fellow was drinking it 3 times a day and had a higher blood estrogen reading than most women – he also had breasts.- almost all soy these days is a GMO . pthalates found mainly in PVC but other plastics also are known endocrine hormone disrupters – especially the sex and reproductive hormones. they; have changed the plastic used in baby bottles (I forget what that was) it was also used in most water bottles. As you notice the common denominator for the most common EDCs is plastic – do your homework to find how to avoid the worst perps. .

      • Brockland A.T.

        Thanks, but your comment was more informative than the article itself, illustrating the problem with the article.

      • Clark W. Griswold

        You have more needed practical information than this whole article.

  • kimyo

    some health advocates write that our gut biota are every bit as important an ‘organ’ as the heart, brain or lungs.

    it seems likely that early humans and those before them consumed a fair bit of resistant starch (How Resistant Starch Will Help to Make You Healthier and Thinner)

    it’s been a few months since i started adding it to my diet. the most notable effect is that i’ve gained the ability to pause and resume dreams, and these dreams are exceptionally vivid. (nothing special about me, this is a commonly reported side-effect)

    also worthy of note is that i’m perfectly fine with just one meal a day. many processed foods are engineered to make you hungry. if you eliminate those, and let your body guide you, i think most people will end up eating fewer meals / day.

  • tulsatime

    I’ve always thought the obesity ‘epidemic’ was chemical in nature. It’s so ubiquitous, the chances of it being anything else are very small indeed.

  • Imperator82

    baby-bottles filled with soda or kool-aid to quiet the child certainly aren’t helping the endocrine system develop properly…

    • Clark W. Griswold

      Soda with high levels of caffeine might be contraindicated if you want a child to calm down from a tantrum or sleep.