As discussion rages over what to do about rising obesity rates, scientists study environmental toxins called obesogens
. Last night, Canadian program The Nature of Things
aired Programmed to Be Fat?
The documentary admits the fatty pitfalls of Western living, but asks that if this is the only factor, why has infant obesity risen 73% in the past 20 years?
Babies aren't terrific Big Mac consumers.
Chemicals can make you fat for all sorts of reasons, but the documentary focuses on endocrine disruptors
-- chemicals that are all around us. Some, such as BPA
, are well-known, but what about the flame-retardant coating on your TV?
And of course, even if you don't get fat, there's always the magic of epigenetics, putting the pounds on your kids
By all means, stick to your workouts and watch what you eat, but consider that there may be more to it than calories in, calories burnt, and that fat shaming
might not be the one-stop solution to the problem.
But let's not end on a down note. If you need inspiration for lifelong fitness regardless of the numerous obstacles before us, look no further than Nature of Things host David Suzuki himself, a senior citizen trim and resplendent in a maple leaf and nothing else