Running head: Could Chemical be making us fat?
Could Chemical be making us fat?
Marisa A. Wallace
Allied Health Institute
This week, each member of the Springdale Community Coalition has been asked to find an interesting article on the front of the “Today’s Environmental Health News” and write an essay about the article. Well, I have chosen an article named “Chemicals could be making you gain weight” written by David Epstein. I have chosen to write about this article because the state we live in has a high obesity rate among adults as well as children. For years, we have put the blame of obesity on overeating and lack of movement. Well, it looks like we might be adding some more factors to the equation. Hopefully, this information will bring new light on an issue that has been affecting many families within our community.
In beginning of “Chemicals could be making you gain weight”, Epstein opens with a statement that leaves your mouth wide open. Epstein states that “Everyone knows that Americans are fat and getting fatter” (Epstein, 2013). Epstein also states that there might be more to the story of obesity besides overeating and lack of exercise and animals are becoming overweight and obese as well. “The National Pet Obesity Survey recently reported that more than 50 percent of cats and dogs are overweight or obese” (Epstein, 2013). But it’s not just pets that are becoming overweight or obese, research animals that have been given the same diets and lifestyle are gaining weight as well.
As the article continues on, Epstein talks more about obesity in animals. He shares the findings from an article named “Canaries in the Coal”. The article reveals that out of a dozen different animals, chimps tended to have the most troubling trend. It also claims that “Between 1985 and 2005, the male and female chimps studied experienced 33.2 and 37.2 percent weight gains” (Epstein, 2013). Scientists believe that the potential causes of obesity among animals are...