Could That Plastic Water Bottle Be Making You Gain Weight? – Body Health World


If you’ve resolved to adopt healthier eating patterns as part of an effort to shed unwanted pounds, new research suggests that you should pay more attention to the plastic that the food is sold or stored in. It might be sabotaging your efforts.

A study published January 26 in Environmental Science & Technology found that plastics found in everyday products like frozen meal packaging, yogurt containers, drink bottles, and even kitchen sponges may impact weight gain.

“Our experiments show that ordinary plastic products contain a mix of substances that can be a relevant and underestimated factor behind overweight and obesity,” said Martin Wagner, PhD, a coauthor of the study and an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) department of biology, in a press release.

Obesity Has Increased an Estimated 40 Percent in the Past 2 Decades

Obesity is a growing health crisis, both in the United States and around the world. From 1999–2000 to 2017–2018, obesity prevalence in the United States increased from 30.5 percent to 42.4 percent. During the same time, the prevalence of severe obesity nearly doubled, from 4.7 percent to 9.2 percent.


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