OPINION: Plastic production raises weighty health issues
OPINION: Plastic Pieces with Drew Rogers, The DEX columnist.
WHAT if plastic was making us fat?
Three in five adults and one in four Australian children are overweight.
We get told that the causes are to do with exercise, diet, stress and family genes but what if there was another reason? A health concern that would be so close to home for all that it should be public knowledge.
At the very least it's something a responsible government and media should be warning us about.
It appears we are not as exclusive from the environment as it seems when it comes to the negative impact of plastics on our health.
Plastics have since the 1960s been produced using an industrial chemical called Bisphenol A or BPA.
Heard of it? You may have noticed 'BPA free' labels at some point while shopping for canned and bottled items?
BPA is a proven endochrine disruptor that increases estrogen activity.
What's that mean? That pretty much means that it messes with your body on a hormonal level and can increase the risk of many health issues.
These include heart disease, brain function, reproductive disorders and you guessed it, obesity.
What's even scarier is now studies are showing even 'BPA free' plastics have the same effects.
Of course I don't mean to put fear in your hearts but I do mean to urge you to be wary of where you're getting your food and what it's wrapped in.
For most of us it's unrealistic to quit buying foods wrapped in plastic.
What I have found though is any reduction in consumption is sure to have positive effects.
These effects relate to your health, your weight and ultimately your life.
Next week: Another way your life may be becoming unknowingly toxic through plastic.