The alarming rate of obesity in the country has led experts to try and find out if there is more behind the story. As the research continues, there is increasing evidence pointing to Organotins. Chemicals in the environment, also called Obesogen are beginning to look like they are responsible for the increasing rates of obesity. The obesity can be seen in people of all ages. While the habit of eating snacks with too much sugar or salt, as well as lack of exercise, has led to an increase in weight related issues; this is only part of the story.
Experts have been trying to grapple with explanations for why a growing number of babies are exhibiting signs of obesity before the age of nine months. This cannot be blamed on lifestyle choices because it cannot be suggested that the babies are not exercising enough. The fact that one third of babies are overweight at this age has to mean that there is more to the rising rate of obesity and the answer can be found in Organotins.
Why do people get fat?
There are a number of factors that contribute to the accumulation of fats. This includes hormonal regulation of the appetite, as well as the management of the glucose levels in the body and the metabolic rate. The size, number and activity of the fat cells also contribute to affect the weight. Obesity occurs when there has been a prolonged disturbance that has affected the regulation of energy metabolism leading to an increase in fat storage. Research continues to blame Organotins, suggesting that they are a major factor in the prolonged disturbance. The chemicals affect developing fetuses, children and adults.
The Organotin connection
While for a long time there had been a noticeable increase in people’s size, it was not until 2002, when Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton observed that the increase in obesity rates was proportional to the presence of chemicals in food. Researchers studied available data and concluded that the doctor was right. The term obesogens was coined to describe the chemical compounds that are responsible for disrupting normal development, as well as the balance of lipid metabolism, which leads to obesity. After making the Organotins connection, researchers have been trying to identify the culprits that are responsible, and their relationship to endocrine disruption.
Some of the chemicals or Organotins that are suspected to lead to the rise in obesity include:
– BPA or bisphenol A, a substance that is found in a number of plastic food containers, beverage bottles and canned food linings.
– Phthalates that is found in a number of plastics and in nail polish. Some of these chemicals are known to alter the levels of insulin and leptin in the body.
– PBDEs are chemicals used in a number of products to act as flame retardants. They act to disrupt significantly the production of insulin in the body.
Fat cells do more than just storing fat; they also produce a number of hormones that are responsible for making people feel hungry. The more cells one has, the hungrier they feel. There is also more storage space for extra food.