3 Surprising Reasons Why Americans Are Obese
Americans are large and getting larger. In the past half decade, we’ve grown one inch taller and 24 pounds heavier. The average American man now weighs 194lbs, the average woman weighs 165lbs.
Why are we so big? Well, fast food and marketing play a role. But more scientific reasons are currently coming to light, including these three.
A recent piece in the New York Times confirms that antibiotics, which we use to fatten our livestock, are also fattening our citizens. In 1974 the US Navy proved this in an experiment with hundreds of recruits; in the 1950s it was proven with Guatemalan children; more recently, a study in Denmark found that babies who received antibiotics in the first six months of life were more likely to be overweight by age 7.
Moreover, Americans are getting a slow drip of antibiotics through our food. Recent studies show that antibiotic residue shows up in the meat we eat.
2. Livestock fatteners
If antibiotic residue shows up in our meat, how about the other fatteners used in conventional animal rearing? American cattle growers use a host of hormones and drugs to help animals gain weight fast. Could these pass through to the people who eat them? There’s a reason why countries in Europe and beyond refuse to import American meat.
3. Endocrine disrupters
The molecular makeup of antibiotics and artificial sweeteners is similar to endocrine disruptors, which can cause a host of averse affects in humans like early puberty and diabetes – and they may also be making us fat. This reputable study found that pregnant women with high amounts of an endocrine disruptor in their bodies were three times more likely to have daughters who grow up to be overweight.
So what can you do?
For starters, eliminate non-essential antibiotics, especially in children. Secondly, eat organic, as antibiotics are prohibited in organic animal husbandry.