A small but growing number of researchers believe that environmental pollutants and industrial chemicals are to blame for the obesity epidemic. This, of course, bucks the conventional wisdom that our increasing girth is simply the result of eating too much and exercising too little. For those who have struggled unsuccessfully to lose weight according to the standard prescription ("eat less, move more"), this latest theory offers a sort of vindication -- if not a ready solution. But what's the evidence to support the idea that chemicals are the true cause of our ever-expanding waistlines?
It's not enough to say that the rise in obesity correlates to the increasing use of industrial chemicals. Although this may be true, the rise in obesity correlates to a lot of things. It also correlates to a dramatic increase in the sale of organic produce and other products. But there is more evidence.