In the New York Times this Sunday there was an Editorial on the topic of chemicals in our environment, organic chemicals found in many common objects and bottles, that we use every day, and the potential unknown risks they may pose. Most interesting was the connection between these chemicals and obesity.
Yes….it’s possible that your bottled water is making you fat. How? Well, there are a new category of chemicals known as ‘endocrine disrupters’. These organic chemicals are found in all sorts of plastic items, in water bottles, and in cosmetics. They can act to interfere with normal hormone action in the body, creating a change in the metabolism that can lead to many illnesses, including obesity.
Just look at the picture accompanying his article. Sobering information….about a topic that is just beginning to be uncovered.
A recent study published in the British journal Lancet, showed that diuretic medications work better for obese patients with hypertension than other medication types. This is good information, as it provides better medication selection in this group.
Who is obese? Well, about 25% of us in the U.S. If you want to know your BMI (body mass index), you need to know your height and weight, and you can look at our BMI index in THE KEYS, my Minibuk (page 27).
A recent study from Great Britain compared one-on-on nutrition counseling vs. commercial programs such as Weight Watchers or the British equivalent of “Jenny Craig”. It turns out that the commercial programs resulted in superior weight loss and were more effective.
Obviously this is one of the most difficult areas for each of us to work on and to make progress. It’s nice to see validation of the commonly available programs.