The AMA has published a new study documenting a strong correlation between the ingestion of BPA and childhood/adult obesity.
BPA, an endocrine disruptor, is found in food packaging, water bottles, and most predominantly, in the lining of aluminum cans. Many scientists believe that endocrine disruptors are the kryptonite to regular humans, yet they are found in everything from toys, to cosmetics, to pesticides and our water supply.
The study found that teens with high levels of BPA in their urine were 2.6 times more likely to be obese and unhealthy than teens with lower levels, even after accounting for just about every factor you could imagine, including sex, race, diet, and income level. Studies are still ongoing as correlation does not equate to cause.
As more information and evidence is brought to light, it is becoming more and more apparent that health and obesity is not just defined by ‘calorie in, calorie out.’ Although proper diet and exercise is important, there are factors that we would be foolish to ignore.
Just as a side note, speaking from experience, drinking soda is an addiction. When you decide to remove it from your diet, you will quickly realize just how horrible it is for you. You begin to feel lighter, have more energy, and immediately see improvements in health. I have not touched soda in over 6 years, and every time I am offered some, and attempt to take a sip, my body gags as if I am ingesting a poison. That’s exactly what it is.
Don’t be a slave to your taste buds.