If you've done everything you know to lose weight and you still can't, you may be able to blame it on the environment. Some pollutants in our environment, known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), get stored in fat cells. We become exposed to them through our diets, and then they accumulate in our body fat.
According to a study published in Environmental Pollution, people who have higher levels of POPs are more likely to be obese than those with lower levels. They also have higher levels of oxidized cholesterol and triglycerides, which contribute to cardiovascular disease.
For this study, researchers measured the pollutants found in the fat tissues of nearly 300 male and female participants in Granada, Spain. The study's main author, Juan Pedro Arrebola, explains that POPs take a very long time to break down. So measuring levels in body fat gives researchers a decent idea of a person's exposure to these pollutants over their lifetimes.
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The research team studied POPs that included DDE, the main metabolite of the pesticide DDT; the insecticide lindane; and polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which are used in industrial equipment. A whopping 100% of participants had measurable levels of at least one of these POPs, even though their use is highly restricted.
While all the participants had been exposed to some degree, the higher their POP levels, the more likely they were to be obese. This calls into question previous ideas about obesity – that it is solely the result of taking in more energy than you expend. As obesity has tripled in Europe in the past few decades, it's beginning to seem reasonable that there might be another answer. Arrebola says, "We believe that these results are not just the consequence of a higher intake of food by obese people. There is evidence that human exposure to certain chemical substances called "obesogenic" could favor the growth and proliferation of adipocytes (fat cells) and provoke therefore an increase in body fat."
It's impossible to avoid POPs entirely. They're in the air we breathe and the water we drink. But you can reduce your intake of POPs — and lose some of your extra weight at the same time — by lowering your intake of fatty foods, including meats and fatty fish. In addition, take PectaSol Detox Formula. Studies show that it removes POPs from fat cells. If you wait for them to degrade on their own, you'll be waiting a long time. Take action today to overcome this overlooked obstacle in your fight against obesity.
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University of Granada. "Level of pollutants accumulated in the body linked to obesity levels." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 February 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150227084315.htm>.