It's no mystery we are suffering from a major obesity problem. Surprisingly, a major component of the obesity problem may be a free radical problem. Free radicals are
rogue molecules that rob electrons from other molecules, which, in turn, become free radicals and
pinball around the body, creating a continuous cycle of damage and destruction to our bodies' cells, tissue and organs. The end results of free radical damage are some of today's obvious health problems—we are overweight, we look terrible, we feel terrible and we are simply less healthy.
Multiple studies confirm that free radicals can lead to weight gain. For instance, researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University found a direct correlation between oxidative stress (free radical damage) and increased obesity. Authors of the study stated,
Obesity, as measured by body mass index (BMI), is independently associated with oxidative stress and confirms recent data." (Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 2003;23:365.)