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Plastics touching our food may be making us gain weight | Adrienne Matei

Hormone-disrupting chemicals are entering our bodies. We eat 44lbs of plastic in our lifetimes

When it comes to keeping off extra pounds, watching what we eat may not be enough – we have to keep an eye on our food’s packaging, too.

Rates of obesity among US adults have increased from 14% in 1980 to 42% today, and half the world is expected to be overweight or obese by 2035, with children and teens facing the sharpest increase in obesity and its consequences. Because data doesn’t support the idea that overeating and lack of exercise are squarely to blame, the scientific community is exploring other factors that may contribute – including metabolic disruption caused by eating products packaged in plastic.

Adrienne Matei is a freelance journalist

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