People always associated weight gain to unhealthy eating and lack of exercise. What if I told you that some of the items at your home are contributing to an addition to your waistline? I know this comes as a surprise to many people because home is where your heart is. You expect everything to be friendly and favorable to you. Research presented at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting suggests that there are household items that could lead to weight gain. Below is how your home is making you gain weight including household items you never thought could affect your physique.


You might not believe that the size of your plate makes a difference for your waistline, but it actually does. Research by the Livestrong.com found that the size of your plate serves as a guide for the much you will be consuming in one serving.

Additionally, a study showed that individuals who went to a Chinese buffet and ate from large plates consumed 45% more than those who chose to eat from small plates. To avoid the regular weight gain, you’re advised to replace any of your plates that are over 10 inches in diameter.

Canned Food

The inside of canned containers is coated with bisphenol A (BPA) which was shown to cause fatty liver, increase abdominal fat and glucose intolerance in animals. Many manufacturers are claiming to have stopped the use of BPA, yet the Environmental Working Group (EWG) says that only a small group of companies sell BPA-free cans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants more research to be done to understand the effects of exposure to BPA and the long term effects on weight. In addition to that, review studies have shown a connection between exposure to BPA with a heightened risk of obesity. ”

Leather Items

According to research by the German researchers, leather items were found to contain high levels of PFAs. A group at Harvard, Louisiana State University and Tulane University found that higher levels of PFAs in one’s blood can make them gain weight faster after dieting. Furthermore, such individuals have a lower resting metabolic rate, the number of calories needed by your body to sustain itself. The weight gain happens since the majority of calories you burn every day are meant to support the resting metabolic rate.

TV in the Kitchen

As technology advances so do our houses. The days when you had to share one TV in one room when you wanted to watch your favorite show are long gone. Today, almost every room in your house has got its own screen. The health institutes blame the TVs for the increase in obesity among most people. The reason being, if you’re eating while watching, the chances are you’ll eat mindlessly without watching your portion. Plus, you keep on snacking almost everything when you are in your kitchen. The best thing you can do to avoid weight gain is to have one screen only in the living room and most importantly leave the screen out of the kitchen.


The type of lighting you’re using can trigger hunger. To add on to that, many people don’t get the full eight hours of sleep every night. A publication in the Journal of Endocrinology says that sleep-deprived adults who spend their day using dim lighting have less activity from the hormone that makes one feel full. On the other hand, adults who spent most of their time in blue light, the type you get from energy efficient light bulbs, have a higher concentration of the hormone.

Good Kitchen Furniture

The kitchen should make you feel at home and is somewhere where as a family you congregate for meals. For those who have made their kitchen with ultra-comfortable chairs, they find themselves tempted to stay longer and snack on more than they would otherwise have. Logically speaking, the more time you spent in the kitchen the more you end up eating. Making your chairs a little less comfortable wouldn’t tempt you to stay longer than necessary.

Body Lotion

Parabens are a class of obesogens, chemicals that alter our body physiology such as weight gain, which disrupt hormones by mimicking estrogen. These chemicals are used in many personal care products such as body lotions and beauty products as preservatives. To be safe, the FDA recommends that you search the products you suspect to contain parabens or another obesogen in the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.


There are many factors including household items that influence your metabolism, hormones, and eating habits. This can give you a hard time maintaining a healthy weight unless you decide to change them. However, some things might be out of your control, therefore, you need to find a way of coping with them. Being aware of the items that contribute to extra pounds in your body will help you make better choices for you and your family.

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