Eat Your Obesity-Enhancing Herbicides, Kids!

obese_childLast week, I blogged about the superior nutritional value of pesticide- and herbicide-free plant-based organic foods vs. their conventional counterparts, something I’m deeply passionate about.

This week, I’ve got more fuel for the fire.

A recent study about chronic exposure to low-levels of atrazine, the most heavily-used herbicide in the U.S., links it to myriad health issues in lab rats including:

  • insulin resistance
  • obesity
  • a heightened risk of diabetes, especially when exposure to atrazine is coupled with high-fat diets.

We’ve all heard about our nation’s unfortunate obesity problem; is it any wonder when obesity-enhancing herbicides are ‘baked in’ to our food? Check out the opening comments of the study…

“ATZ (atrazine)-usage and obesity maps [in the U.S.] show striking overlaps, suggesting that heavy usage of ATZ may be associated with risk of obesity.”

When you opt for organic food, your choosing high doses of nutritionally rich flavors and cancer fighting antioxidants, which adds up to a healthy dose of preventative medicine. When you choose and consume conventionally grown foods you are consuming the toxic traces left behind from herbicides like atrazine…all the more reason to spend a bit more for them at the market – or you can get my free report: The Definitive Guide To Shopping For Organic Foods on a Budget” when you sign up for our free newsletter). Or better yet, grow your own organic favorites or visit your local farmers’ market where you’ll find many pesticide- and herbicide-free fruits and veggies at great prices.

I always advise budget-minded readers that if they have to choose only a few organic foods to invest in, they opt for the ones they consume the most.

What are your experiences with shopping for organic foods on a budget? Leave us a comment – we love hearing from you!

Source: THE SCOOP – May 2009 Organic Center Newsletter Study: Soo Lim et al., “Chronic Exposure to the Herbicide, Atrazine, Causes Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Insulin Resistance,” Plos One, Vol. 4, Issue 4:e5186, April 2009.

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  • Ron Matthew  June 8, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Living natural and healthy is a consistent discipline that must permeate all aspects of your livelihood. For example, you need to use organic home furnishings, organic clothes, green processes and natual relaxation exercises like yoga etc to reap maximum benefits. Many people are not aware of these other natural lifestyle components. For example, when a child is born, go to sites like natura or or and get an organic crib mattress. It is the best non-toxic, chemical free sleeping environment you can give to the newborn. Do the same for adults and your pets. Use Stainless Stell vessels for cooking. All this takes education as well as willingness to follow a natural way of life.


  • Fast Metabolism Tips  June 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Children today are also much more inactive than they’ve ever really been. Many families have video games, computer games, and a wide range of cable television channels to occupy children. Being sedentary all the time is another one of those reasons for childhood obesity. Many years ago children would go outside and play when they weren’t in school and they would also often help out around the house or even on a farm. Today families have all sorts of labor-saving devices to keep them from being active in this regard as well. These too are part of those reasons for childhood obesity.

  • Ray Salomone  June 10, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Laura,
    Can I post a link on my blog to this story? This is obviously very important and we need to continue to get the word out.

    Ray Salomone
    Personal Trainer and Wellness Activist

    Work Hard Play Rough

  • Affordable Medical Insurance  June 11, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you for this post. I had no idea that pesticides contributed to childhood obesity. This is scary stuff. So many artificial things cause many problems within the body.

  • Trina Boice  September 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Atrazine has received a lot of press lately and more consumers are finally becoming aware of the dangers of it in their drinking water.

    The state of Indiana released a statement just this week, encouraging consumers to use “point of use” drinking water filtration systems to protect themselves. Unfortunately, not all filters remove atrazine.

    I’m happy to say that the Multi-Pure drinking water systems DO remove atrazine, along with about 63 other harmful contaminants! Our filters cost less than bottled water and are certified by NSF to reduce the widest range of contaminants in the industry!

    If you’d like to know more, I’d be happy to talk to you about our products. We can wait for the government to do its part or we can solve the problem ourselves!

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