Blogs are buzzing with reports that blame America's obesity problems on plastic. And why not? No one wants to hear that they're overweight because they eat too much or spend too much time watching TV. Discover magazine's Discoblog, Planet Green and Smartplanet all posted items based on research by Bruce Blumberg of the University of California. According to The Boston Globe, Blumberg coined a new word for chemicals that can make you fat: Obesogens. Blumberg's list of Obesogens includes bisphenol A -- not a surprise since previous studies have suggested a link between endocrine distruptors and obesity. Plastics are just the latest item to take the blame for America's obesity. The Treehugger blog even has a "What makes you fat" section of its Web site devoted to posts on all the studies about products that make us look and feel like the Pillsbury Doughboy. Among the other culprits: Cars, suburbs, the recession, where you live, cheap gas, and architecture.
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