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Why men’s butts are bigger than women’s in developed countries

Estrogen-mimicking chemicals in plastics, industrial products, and soy foods are likely to “feminize” men and contribute to increasing male obesity rates.

This is shown by the results of a study conducted by scientists from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Researchers compared obesity rates among men and women in several countries around the world. They found that less developed countries, compared on the basis of the variable gross domestic product, had a higher incidence of obesity among women than among men.

This phenomenon is considered normal, in part because the female sex hormone estrogen, which is in much higher levels in women, is associated with weight gain.

High levels of estrogen suppress the function of the thyroid gland, which regulates metabolism. And the decreased secretion of thyroid hormones is the cause of weight gain.

But in more developed countries, however, the prevalence of obesity among men and women is almost equal.

The authors of the study point out that hormone-related obesity is much more common in women, and this is evidenced by the percentage of people who are overweight in the developing world.

But in the Western world – the US, Europe and Australia, the number of obese men and women is almost equal.

Ubiquitous Pollutants

Scientists attribute this phenomenon in part to the effects of synthetic estrogens, part of a larger group of chemicals that have been found to disrupt the function of the endocrine system.

A wide range of products that we constantly come into contact with such as soy foods and PVC pipes that we drink water from every day have been scientifically proven to contain artificial estrogens or “xenoestrogens”.

Researchers are concerned that in countries where soy is widely used, mostly in the USA, but also in Bulgaria, meat processors also massively use soy in the production of sausages, and over time, men will increasingly feminize. This will be expressed mostly in the obesity typical for women – accumulation of fat around the hips, which is not typical for men.

Another established source of xenoestrogens is polyvinyl chloride, known to us as PVC. Although the Australian scientists note that it is used massively in rich countries, in Bulgaria the plumbing installations of the new buildings are made of PVC pipes.

But fortunately, VIK companies in big cities are gradually replacing the old steel, cast iron, Eternite /made of asbestos and cement/ pipelines with polyethylene ones, which are not a source of xenoestrogens. And polyvinyl chloride pipes are mainly used to build sewerage networks.

Other known sources of artificial estrogens are various fuel retardants, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls, the plastic chemical bisphenol A, and phthalates.

The chemicals listed are linked to a wide range of health problems and diseases such as obesity and reproductive problems.

Fewer and fewer boys are being born in the developed world

Fortunately in Bulgaria, this phenomenon is not observed, since in the past year 2013, more than NSI data, 34,311 boys and 32,750 girls, although it is difficult to accept it as reliable, since abortions are not taken into account.

But in 2010, the Danish government published a 326-page report concluding that xenoestrogens were likely the cause not only of the feminization of men, but also of the decline in the birth rate of boys .

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