Diego here with another episode of FrogTV.

Obesity is gaining on us and may be getting a jump start in the womb. You can’t open a newspaper, turn on the TV or surf the Web these days without hearing about the topic. You can certainly see it nearly anywhere you look in America today. Too many people, unfortunately, are too heavy.

Is it just lack of exercise? Or too much of the wrong kind of food?

Some scientists are taking a look at deeper contributing factors, and one possible explanation may be exposure to toxins in the womb.

Familiarize yourself with the term, “endocrine disruptor.” When you think endocrine system, think hormones – chemical messengers within our bodies produced by female ovaries, male testes, the pituitary gland and thyroid, among others. An endocrine disruptor is anything that messes up this finely balanced system, and you can learn more from the United States Environmental Protection Agency here and here.

A wide range of environmental toxins function as endocrine disruptors, and there is growing concern that exposure in the womb could trigger life-altering changes later in life.

FrogTV isn’t the only news outlet reporting on the topic. The Washington Post did as well in an article, “Chemicals May Play Role in Obesity.” Most recently Time reported obesity caused by pesticide exposure during pregnancy could span three generations.

For an in-depth look and practical dietary steps you can take to reduce and even eliminate exposure from food sources, download That First Step from The Organic Center, a nonprofit dedicated to generating credible, peer reviewed scientific information about organic food and farming.

Know where your tadpoles swim.

 

What to do, oh what to do? Sure, the problems can seem so big that it feels like there’s nothing we can do. But if a little three-eyed frog can stand up to make a difference, then so can you. Go here to find some simple things you can do to spread the word.