Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The pollutants in your fat could make you sick

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM

In gross, annoying health news, because pollutants are stored in our fat, when we melt the fat on our ass those pollutants are re-released into our bloodstream ... and they could make us sick.

Here's more from MSNBC.com:

Weight loss may have an unwanted side effect, according to a new study in the journal Nature: It may send a flood of environmental pollutants into the bloodstream.

Body fat stores certain pollutants, including such pesticides as DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). If a person loses weight and significant amounts of body fat are broken down, these chemical compounds, known as persistent organic pollutants, are released and can lead to disease, said researchers from Kyungpook National University in Daegu, South Korea.

"The strong dogma on weight change is that weight loss is always good while weight gain is always bad," but that may not always hold up, said study researcher Dr. Duk-Hee Lee, a professor at the university.

Hypertension, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis have been linked to persistent organic pollutants, Lee said.

Read the rest of this article, by Karen Rowan, here.

And, this is why this fat girl is very careful to eat mostly organic, local foods these days. I can't do anything about the pollutants that are already in my system after years of abusing my body with junk food and lethargy, but I can control what goes into it going forward. What I'm not going to do is allow this news to convince me that being heavy is healthier than being a careful eater and active exerciser.

But, let's focus here. The bottom line is that pollutants are bad for our health. The latest key word is "nanparticle." Here's more:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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