Hey Lady, I Think You’re Infected with the Fat Bug!

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Scientist find new cold-like virus that causes fat cells to multiply, leading to obesity.
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According to scientists, the common cold (though your symptoms may tell you differently) may not even be a cold.

The U.S., along with other countries, is plagued by an obesity issue that can be attributed to a nasty little virus which mimics the common cold.

As many as one-in-three obese people can direct much of the blame for being overweight to the highly infectious cold-like virus AD-36.

It is known to cause coughs, sore throats, diarrhea and conjunctivitis. However, now, it has also been found to make fat cells multiply, leading to unexpected weight gain.

This shocking revelation adds to evidence that Britain’s own obesity epidemic is not simply the result of the populous maintaining unhealthy diets or its inability to exercise.

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From the U.K.: Daily Express UK News

OBESITY can be “caught” as easily as a common cold from other people’s coughs, sneezes and dirty hands, scientists claimed today.

Researchers believe that an airborne “adenovirus” germ could be causing the fat plague that is blighting Britain and other countries. Studies on humans show that 33 per cent of obese adults had contracted AD-36 at some point in their lives, compared with only 11 per cent of lean men and women.

Professor Nikhil Dhurandhar, of Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in Louisiana, US, who led the research, said AD-36 continued to add weight gain long after those infected had seemingly recovered.

His studies indicated that the virus lingers for up to three months, during which time it multiplies fat and is contagious to others.

Professor Nikhil Dhurandhar said: “When AD-36 goes to fat tissue it replicates, making more copies of itself and in the process increases the number of new fat cells, which may explain why people get fat when they are infected with this virus.” The findings were welcomed by some medical experts, although others sounded a note of caution.

Dr Shahrad Taheri, clinical director for obesity at the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, said: “Most people believe obesity is caused by environmental factors.

“But there is a lot of information about how things like the furring up of arteries could be linked to infections. It is not beyond reason to think about various different factors, including infections, adding into the mix about what causes obesity.”

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8 Responses to Hey Lady, I Think You’re Infected with the Fat Bug!

  1. Carole Clark February 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    This lead is tasteless. The use of this photo is inappropriate. This woman may have ORGANIC REASONS for her body type. This discriminates against all people who are not “perfect”. This post is not in keeping with a good blog. “Thumbs down”.

  2. Kitten April 16, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    This is absolutely rediculous! All this does is give overweight people an excuse not to try to fix the problem and blame a virus for their obesity instead.

  3. George June 24, 2009 at 7:34 am #

    Someone gives you the keys to the Kingdom and people are skeptical and critisize it? And you sit around and wonder why you are so fat. Virus’ have long been known to cause a MULTITUDE of symptoms. Fat gain is only one of them. I give nothing but praise to the researchers that discovered this. As for Carole Clark ….it is people like you that perpetuate the fat epidemic in this country! Two thumbs up to Chemically Green !

  4. Lynn July 1, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    This does not give people an excuse to not try to fix the problem. It gives them a better understanding of why they may be the way they are. The more information you have about a problem the better and faster you are able to solve it.

  5. ChemicallyGreen.com
    chemicallygreen.com July 7, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    @Carole Clark: Thanks for your comments. Reality is real and we often turn the other way.

  6. ChemicallyGreen.com
    chemicallygreen.com July 7, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    @Kitten: Thanks for your comments. Why is this ridiculous?

  7. ChemicallyGreen.com
    chemicallygreen.com July 7, 2009 at 10:55 am #

    @George: Thanks for your comments. Appreciate your support for cg.

  8. ChemicallyGreen.com
    chemicallygreen.com July 7, 2009 at 10:57 am #

    @Lynn: Thanks for your comments.

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