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What’s making us fat?

A recent article got my attention as it connected pesticides on food we eat as a contributing factor to obesity.

The article referenced is FULL of click-bait ads, so I will not link here. It, however, links to another article w/less bait.

Quote: “More than two-thirds of the U.S. population—twice the global average—is either overweight or obese. This is typically attributed to overeating and inactivity. But evidence that pets, laboratory animals, primates, and feral cats living in industrialized human societies also are showing a rise in obesity suggests that environmental obesogens may be playing a role.

In the current study, investigators exposed human and mouse mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and preadipocytes to triflumizole (TFZ), a fungicide widely used on food and ornamental crops. MSCs can differentiate into bone, cartilage, or fat cells; preadipocytes are precursor fat cells that mature into adipocytes in response to environmental cues. The investigators found that expression of obesity-related genes increased in treated cells from both species, and that lipid accumulation and expression of obesity-related genes increased in treated cells from both species.”

What foods are to be avoided … any fruit or vegetable that has a porous skin or rough skin that would collect pesticides and hold them in even after washing. The best tact to avoid it all – buy organic. But organic costs more, right? … poverty, socioeconomic status impacts our health as we eat cheaper (non-organic) produce.

The US CDC has some info on obesity and socioeconomic status. Quote: ‘The association between obesity and income or educational level is complex and differs by sex and race/ethnicity.

  • Overall, men and women with college degrees had lower obesity prevalence compared with those with less education.
  • By race/ethnicity, the same obesity and education pattern was seen among non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic women, and also among non-Hispanic white men, although the differences were not all statistically significant. Although the difference was not statistically significant among non-Hispanic black men, obesity prevalence increased with educational attainment. Among non-Hispanic Asian women and men and Hispanic men there were no differences in obesity prevalence by education level.
  • Among men, obesity prevalence was lower in the lowest and highest income groups compared with the middle income group. This pattern was seen among non-Hispanic white and Hispanic men. Obesity prevalence was higher in the highest income group than in the lowest income group among non-Hispanic black men.
  • Among women, obesity prevalence was lower in the highest income group than in the middle and lowest income groups. This pattern was observed among non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic Asian, and Hispanic women. Among non-Hispanic black women, there was no difference in obesity prevalence by income.”

While not all things tie back perfectly to socioeconomic status, I think safe to say: be careful what you eat; you ARE what you eat. Eat the best stuff you can afford, i.e., organic.

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