February 12, 2013
Obesogens is a word to add to your vocabulary
"Obesogens" is a term created by University of California's Bruce Blumberg to refer to chemicals that cause animals to store fat. Many of these chemicals are in pesticides.
The best advice is to eat organic if you are pregnant or plan to be, and avoid plastics to store food unless labelled BPA-free. And the replacement chemical for BPA may prove to be non-healthy too!
And the latest eye-opening news from one study is that these dangers affect geneations. Your great-grandmothers exposures during pregnancy may cause disease in you, while you had no exposure. It's a non-genetic form of inheritance not involving DNA sequence, but environmental impacts on DNA chemical modifications. That is called "transgenerational inheritance of disease" and it should be getting more media coverage.