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The next thing that could be making you fat: plastic

By Tony Lone Fight

tlonefight@charlotteobserver.com

Scientists have come across clues that chemicals in the environment may contribute to the obesity epidemic and the subsequent rise in diabetes.
Scientists have come across clues that chemicals in the environment may contribute to the obesity epidemic and the subsequent rise in diabetes.

Why are people fat? The easy answer is because we take in more calories then we burn. It's simple math. 1 in 3 adults are obese according to a 2011 report by the Centers for Disease Control. But why are we fatter now? A story posted in Scientific American says that plastics may be part of the reason.

According to the article something called metabolize bisphenol-A or BPA may impact our cells and may make us fat. BPA is a chemical found in most people and used in polycarbonate plastic, food cans and paper receipts. So you already have some of this inside your body mostly through the food you eat. The article says until recently it was thought that BPA passed out of your system harmlessly. But what maybe happening is that it's triggering chemical changes that are creating more fat cells in your body.

Read the whole article at Scientific American and try to cut down on your plastic consumption.

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