7 Shocking Things that Make You Fat

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Nov 21, 2014

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When we think of obesity triggers, booze, laziness, overeating, and lack of exercise are the culprits that come to our mind. But, did you know skim milk could be a cause for obesity too? Find out what else contributes to your paunch.
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    Obesity is a Costly Affair

    Not just the foods that make you obese are high-priced, obesity raises a lot of health-care costs too by causing heart diseases, diabetes, dementia and cancers. Obesity shortens the lifespan of millions of decent people all around the world who deserve better. Yet we only consider eating too much and exercising too little to be the root of obesity. You will be shocked at the other probable culprits and factors that are often overlooked.

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    Artificial Sweeteners

    Artificial sweeteners are found in soft drinks, many diet foods, and an astonishing number of children’s cereals for reasons unclear and they may do more harm than good. Artificial sweeteners are marketed and perceived as an aid to avoid calories but actually, they encourage sugar craving and sugar dependence, according to a research in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine.

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    In most developed countries, by the time a person reaches 18 years of age, he/she has received 10-20 courses of antibiotics. Experts believe that overuse of antibiotics could be fuelling the dramatic increase in diseases like obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, and asthma. Mice given antibiotics and high-fat diet developed as much as 300 percent increase in fat. Research also found that babies given antibiotics within six months of birth were more likely to be overweight by age 7.

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    Endocrine Disrupters

    Endocrine disrupters are chemicals found in many things like canned foods, microwave popcorn bags, cosmetics, carpet cleaning solutions, baby bottles, toothpaste, dish detergents etc. are associated with breast cancer, infertility, low sperm counts, and diabetes. Endocrine disrupters may also be linked with obesity. Pregnant women with high levels of PFOA, one disrupter, were three times as likely to have daughters who grow up to be overweight, reported the New York Times.

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    Your young ones learn bad eating early through some worst messages that come from TV, parents and school. In a study in the journal Pediatrics, 4- to 6-year-olds who tasted identical graham crackers and gummy fruit snacks with and without cartoon characters "significantly preferred the taste of foods that had popular cartoon characters on the packaging. A Californian study found school students with schools near fast-food outlets heavier.

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    Skim Milk

    As compared to a cup of whole milk, which has 146 calories and almost 8 grams of fat, non-fat (skim) has 83 calories and virtually no fat. But when it comes to losing weight, restricting calories has a poor track record. In 2005, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and other institutions studied the weight and milk consumption of 12,829 kids ages 9 to 14 from across the country. Contrary to their hypothesis, skim and 1% milk were associated with weight gain, but dairy fat was not. Sure, low-fat milk is good for your heart.

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    Bill Receipt

    Your bill receipts are coated with obesogens, chemicals that can program your body to put on weight, no matter how much you exercise or how well you eat. And they lurk in some very surprising places. We inhale, ingest, and absorb these chemicals via our skin and they can interfere with how we process calories—in certain conditions and quantities, they can direct our bodies to create more fat cells and send our hunger hormones into overuse.

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    Too Much Exercise

    A study published in the American Journal of Physiology, found that men who worked out for 30 minutes daily over the course of about three months lost an average of seven pounds, while those who exercised for 60 minutes a day lost only about five pounds when all was said and done. An explanation to this could be that hour-long exercise makes you to eat more post-workout. You now have a reason to keep your workout short and sweet.

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