There is another factor contributing to weight gain and our obesity epidemic that often goes ignored.
Jose Bravo, Executive Director of the Just Transition Alliance based in Chula Vista, California, considers such chemicals environmentally unjust. In an essay regarding the childhood obesity issue, he explains,
To avoid the "obesogens", as they are called by Stephen Perrine, author of The New American Diet, look closely at the refrigerator and pantry for hidden chemicals, including,
Pesticides and PCBs on foods such as: non organic peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, imported grapes, carrots, pears, unsustainable fish: farm-raised salmon and corn/soy-fed beef and chicken. Additionally look at plastic compounds (in particular BPA) that line canned foods such as canned tuna, soup, beans and tomatoes, and canned beverages such as energy drinks, baby formula, and plastic sports drink bottles.When we resolve to drop some pounds, it may well involve more than moving more and eating less. We may need to reconsider what we are eating and where it comes from. Indeed, greener food choices may not just affect our planet and our health, but also our weight.