In Memoriam: Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
“We at EDF join in mourning today’s death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
“Over his long career, Frank Lautenberg was a tireless advocate for protecting America’s health and environment. As a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, he helped pass laws that have made our air and water cleaner, promoted clean energy and made our families healthier.
“EDF had the honor of working with him many times over the years, most recently on one of his top priorities — a bipartisan effort to protect Americans from the toxic chemicals they encounter every day.
“Sen. Lautenberg will be remembered as a passionate and principled statesmen who inspired all who worked with him. We will miss him dearly.”
Fred Krupp, president of EDF
Jennifer McPartland, Ph.D., is a Health Scientist.
My colleague Richard Denison at EDF ended his last blog post asking, “The new study [Environmental Chemicals in Pregnant Women in the US: NHANES 2003-2004] leaves me with one question: How many more such wake-up calls do we need before our government enacts policies to ensure the safety of chemicals to which we are exposed?”
Maybe this will help shake us awake! The obesity epidemic in the United States is increasing at alarming rates. So too is an associated disease, type 2 diabetes. Researchers have attributed 70% of the risk associated with developing type 2 diabetes with being overweight or obese, a risk that increases by 4.5% for every 2.2 pounds of weight gained over 10 years.
A healthy diet and hitting the gym should keep these diseases at bay, right? Certainly proper nutrition and exercise are good and important habits for controlling our weight and maintaining overall health. But what if, despite all such efforts, there are contributing factors outside of our control, and even outside of our genetic makeup? And what if those potential factors are found in us, on us, and all around us?
New research suggests that chemicals found in our environment and in everyday products may play a significant role in packing on the pounds. Read More