We are being poisoned by the Industrial Food System:
There is only one affliction that seems to be growing as fast in the US population as asthma, and that’s obesity. The waning influence of H. pylori may also be a factor. In some countries less than 10 percent of school children now carry H. pylori anymore, say researchers, and “at the same time, the incidence of obesity among the same population group has been observed.” H. pylori influences the hormones leptin and ghrelin, both of which affect weight and body mass. The increase in obesity also correlates with the indiscriminate use of antibiotics on factory farms, says a paper in Frontiers of Public Health and cannot be fully explained by “excess food energy intake, changes in diet and eating behavior” and increasing sedentary lifestyles. Antibiotics likely increase weight in livestock by strengthening microbes that absorb nutrients, so why would they not increase human weight in the same way? Both obese mice and humans have lost weight when the intestinal microbes of lean mice and humans were insertedinto their systems. And there is another environmental source of antibiotics. Triclosan, found in products like Colgate’s Total and Ajax and Dawn dish detergent is an antibiotic that also acts as an endocrine-disruptingpesticide. Traces of it have been found in earthworms from agricultural fields and Atlantic dolphins. Endocrine disrupters like Triclosan are also suspected of causing early puberty by impairing hormonal regulation.
If you have children, they eat less, so spend the extra money on grass fed beef, free range chicken, wild caught salmon, and organic fruits and vegetables and NO packaged foods and while you are at it, cut out grains. Lentil beans are very good for keeping sated for a long time after eating them.