Obesity And The Global Obesity Epidemic Essay

1270 Words Nov 28th, 2014 6 Pages
Our contemporary world faces many types of health related issues that seems to escalate and worsen as years go by. One of these problems is the global obesity epidemic. Over the last 30 years, obesity rate has doubled in the countries with a Western lifestyle. Throughout the years, there have been many suggested causes for obesity or weight gain. Current lifestyles, such as overeating and lack of physical activities, are the most prominent ones. However, there is one possible cause that is sometimes overlooked. As health related issues increase, environmental problems escalate as well; this is due to the increase in usage of man-made or synthetic chemicals. According to the documentary “Programmed to be fat?” from CBC series, “The Nature of Things”, there is a link between obesity and chemicals that sets a person to be fat. This idea was suggested due to the fact that even infants are beginning to be born overweight. This is very concerning because an infant does not even have teeth to chew, let alone eat junk foods. According to recent statistics, there were approximately “42 million children under the age of 5 [that] were overweight or obese in 2013” (WHO, 2014). That is mainly why there is the need to study a different cause for the global obesity epidemic: environment chemicals. These chemicals discussed in the film are Tributyltin, Bisphenol A (BPA), Diethylstilbestrol (DES), Nicotine, and Dioxins—later grouped as ‘Obesogens’. These chemicals are not rare and people…

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