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The Unbelievable Reason You’re Gaining Weight

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June 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


A common chemical in canned food actually turns your body’s stem cells into fat cells, new research suggests.

Leah Zerbe, Rodale

A common chemical that most people never heard of could be a profound contributor to the obesity epidemic. Bisphenol A diglycidyl ether, otherwise known as BADGE, is found in canned food liners, as is bisphenol A, or BPA, another controversial chemical linked to heart attacks, infertility, and other health problems.

A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives discovered that extremely low levels of BADGE promote weight gain in a creepy, sci-fi kind of way. While both BADGE and BPA are believed to have the power to turn pre-fat cells into fat cells, the latest study shows that BADGE may be an even more potent obesity-promoting chemical than BPA. Researchers found that BADGE has the ability to cause certain adult stems cells–cells used to replace dying skeletal, muscular, and cartilage cells–into fat cells. “The more fat cells you have, the more your body weight will drift up,” explains study author Bruce Blumberg, PhD, professor of developmental and cell biology at the University of California – Irvine. “Every obese person has more fat cells than a non-obese person.”

Blumberg said early in life–particularly when a baby is developing in a mother’s womb–is when most of the damage from exposure is done, reprogramming the child’s normal bodily functions and setting him or her up for weight problems later in life. “What I don’t want to argue is that obesogen exposure dooms you to being fat,” Blumberg says. “It dooms you to have to work harder to not be fat, though.”

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