How do obesogens affect my weight?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Obesogens, or endocrine disruptors, mimic the actions of naturally occurring hormones in our bodies, or prevent the hormones we produce from acting correctly. Theycan encourage the body to store fat, and re-program cells to become fat cells. They can prompt the liver to become insulin resistant, which makes the pancreas pump out more insulin that turns energy into fat all over the body. They also can prevent leptin (a hormone that reduces appetite) from being released from your fat cells to tell your body you are full.
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