Are Toxins Making Us Fat?

Are industrial chemicals and environmental pollutants to blame for the obesity epidemic or are we just eating too much?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
4-minute read
Episode #181

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins

Whether or not you believe that industrial pollutants are making us fatter, I think there are plenty of other good reasons to avoid them. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. You can reduce your exposure by buying organic whenever possible, making sure that any plastic that comes into contact with your food or water is BPA-free, and using non-toxic chemicals in and around your home.

Get more tips on how to reduce chemical exposure in my episodes on Which Foods Are Highest in Pesticides and How to Detoxify Your Body.

But the sad truth is that industrial chemicals permeate our environment and it’s virtually impossible to avoid them completely. Advocating for tighter regulations or bans on certain chemicals might be an even more effective way to reduce your exposure.

In the meantime, our inability to completely avoid industrial pollutants does not mean that we are all doomed to be obese. Whatever role these toxins may play, I think their impact is secondary. When it comes to the fight against flab, making smart choices about what and how much you eat is still your most powerful weapon. And fortunately, those are factors that you can control.

Check out my book How to Win at Losing for 10 ways to trim the fat and achieve your ideal weight without going hungry.

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.