Obesogens an environmental link to obesity

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Even in the water we now face agents who threaten to become fat. Some environmental chemicals are endocrine disruptors that alter the metabolism and end up influencing, albeit at a shallow level, the problems of obesity.

Between 2010 to 2017 the percentage of obese people in the USA doubled, from 18% of the population to 36.5%. Today, about half of Americans have problems of being overweight or obese.

What are obesogens?

While genetics is responsible for approximately 50% of the overweight disorders in the world, obesity also plays a critical role as factors such as food education, lifestyle and, although in a meager percentage, the agent’s Environmental conditions called obesogens.


For about a decade, we have been talking about the latter and, although initially a controversial issue, today it has been verified that there are some pharmaceutical or industrial chemicals that alter the hormonal functions and end up generating metabolic disorders.

Exposure to these substances, especially in certain periods of life such as the prenatal stage and early childhood, can affect the person’s hormonal system and metabolism predisposing it to future obesity.

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Where are they?

Although for many soy is already a fundamental part of their “healthy diets,” provided in younger children alters the endocrine system due to the phytoestrogens it contains. These chemicals have a high burden of female hormones that can end up causing an early puberty, leading to the closure of growth nuclei and stimulation of other glands gaining weight before the time that corresponds.

Other substances that have been proven to be hormonal disrupters are corn syrup – a sweetener present in hundreds of sodas, bakery products, cereals, jams, among others. Toxins used in fumigation systems such as DDE and atrazine. Biphenyls, used in much plastic food packaging. Phthalates, present in some plastic toys, cosmetics, nail polishes. Lotions and creams in which they are used to make the fragrances last longer. As well as some hormonal pharmaceuticals used in animal husbandry.

Although all these chemicals have demonstrated their endocrine disrupting function, it has not yet been possible to determine the exact role they play in obesity rates. The truth is that metabolic problems are responsible for only 1% of this disease, while habits and food education are accused of causing about 50%. Adequate nutrition and teaching during the prenatal and child years may be the key to avoid being one in the obesity pandemic.

Metabolic diseases represent only 1% of the causes of obesity in the world.

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How to avoid obesogens

Although there is not much that can be done to prevent exposure to this type of substances, the solution can be in simple actions like peeling and washing the food very well to suppress as much as possible the chemical agents they may have. Not include in the diet of children products with soy and procure the acquisition of goods as natural as possible.

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