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The Role of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Childhood Obesity with John Ramotowski, MSc, CHNC

Child obesity has grown significantly over the past few decades and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) is suspect in a child’s environment. EDCs can raise the risk of juvenile obesity by disrupting processes that are essential for growth and development. There are many ways a child can be affected by EDCs, such as from maternal exposure, inhalation and skin contact. EDCs can also lead to transgenerational health issues.

Hawthorn University Holistic Health and Nutrition Webinar Series welcomes John Ramotowski, MSc, CHNC for The Role of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Childhood Obesity.

Topics of this presentation include how EDCs enter the body, the impact relating to child obesity and other risks such as transgenerational effects. Further discussion will address how to assist with the mitigation of these concerns through education, nutritional choices and the impact of government agencies related to EDCs.

It is essential to remain educated to help avoid the damaging effects of EDCs for a child. Many hormonal changes are occurring during childhood development and minimizing any harmful effects must be a priority. As there are many misconceptions about what is healthy and what is damaging, physicians, nutritionists and dietitians can guide people and answer questions.

The goal of this presentation is to assist the audience in gaining a better understanding of possible prevention and mitigation of EDCs and to support optimal health for children and reduce the obesity epidemic.

Webinar Learning Objectives:

1. Define endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs);
2. Review of EDCs and their sources;
3. Understanding the correlation between EDCs and childhood obesity;
4. Summarize mechanisms of actions of EDCs related to childhood obesity;
5. Highlight transgenerational effects;
6. Share mitigation strategies through nutrition and household;
7. Provide proposals for recommendations for mitigation of the obesity crisis;
8. Highlight the required exploration to solve the EDC crisis.

John Ramotowski is a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™, Personal Training Specialist and health educator. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada). He pursued his passion for nutrition and graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (Calgary, Alberta) in 2012. He also holds a Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition (MSHN) from the American College of Healthcare Sciences (Portland, Oregon). John is currently working on his Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition (DSc) degree at Hawthorn University. Through his consulting business, Me to the Max (, John helps clients discover that small, daily incremental changes can lead to optimal health. His goal is to help people build sustainable growth to live their MAXimum life!

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.