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Obesity 'Can Be Caught Like A Cold'
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-31-2006 | Roger Highfield

Posted on 01/30/2006 6:17:15 PM PST by blam

Obesity 'can be caught like a cold'

By Roger Highfield, Science Editor
(Filed: 31/01/2006)

Evidence that obesity could be contagious was published yesterday by American researchers - and washing your hands could be an elementary step to avoiding the virus and becoming overweight.

A team led by Dr Leah Whigham, of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, found that the human adenovirus Ad-37 causes obesity in chickens, marking the third virus to be linked to being overweight: two related viruses, Ad-36 and Ad-5, also cause obesity in animals.

Moreover, Ad-36 has been associated with human obesity, leading researchers to suspect that Ad-37 also may be implicated.

"We know Ad-36, and now Ad-37, cause obesity in animals," said Dr Whigham, whose findings are reported in the American Journal of Physiology.

"But we do not have cause-and-effect data in humans - you cannot ethically do the experiments for that kind of data: infect humans and see if they get fat."

The notion that viruses can cause obesity has been a contentious one among scientists, she admitted. And yet, there is evidence that factors other than poor diet or lack of exercise may be at work.

"With the exception of infectious diseases, no other chronic disease in history has spread so rapidly," Dr Whigham said.

"The nearly simultaneous increase in obesity in most countries is difficult to explain by changes in food intake and exercise alone, and suggest that adenoviruses could have contributed."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ad36; ad37; ad5; adenovirus; caught; excuses; health; likecold; obesity
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1 posted on 01/30/2006 6:17:18 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Stuffing the pie hole and not exercising has always caused obesity.


2 posted on 01/30/2006 6:18:04 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: blam

Um, you mean like catching a package of Twinkies that's tossed your way? Surely, over-eating (or eating the wrong stuff) must have something to do with it.


3 posted on 01/30/2006 6:19:49 PM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: blam

How can this be? I thought the rule was starve a cold and feed a fever? I guess no one is at fault for anything, unless you're a conservative or a Tobacco company.


4 posted on 01/30/2006 6:21:36 PM PST by rbg81
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To: blam
The nearly simultaneous increase in obesity in most countries is difficult to explain by changes in food intake and exercise alone

Well DUH! ROFL! But viral it ain't, and you can't count "feed a cold" LOL! This has got to take the cake for contrived reasoning for research dollars. Talk about "make work" work!
5 posted on 01/30/2006 6:24:48 PM PST by visualops (www.visualops.com)
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To: All

must be ethiopians have the known cure


6 posted on 01/30/2006 6:25:54 PM PST by Flavius (Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: blam
Ahhhh....Chew!!!!


7 posted on 01/30/2006 6:27:18 PM PST by petercooper (Win the war. Confirm the judges. Cut the taxes. Control the spending. Seal the borders.)
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To: Flavius

I am a very sick man.


8 posted on 01/30/2006 6:27:42 PM PST by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: blam
I guess that in some countries, the virus is more contagious than others.


9 posted on 01/30/2006 6:28:01 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: MizSterious
Um, you mean like catching a package of Twinkies that's tossed your way?

ROFLMAO!!!

10 posted on 01/30/2006 6:29:50 PM PST by radiohead (Hey Kerry, I'm still here; still hating your lying, stinking guts, you coward.)
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To: blam
Obesity 'can be caught like a cold'

How about anorexia? Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

11 posted on 01/30/2006 6:32:43 PM PST by lesser_satan
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To: blam

Well it looks we have solved world famine. Just distribute the virus and people will plump up. Because of course being fat has nothing to do with how much food you eat.


12 posted on 01/30/2006 6:43:13 PM PST by ndt
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To: blam

When the source is Russia or the UK, it's usually trash science. They almost make the US media look credible.


13 posted on 01/30/2006 6:47:47 PM PST by BinaryBoy
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A cure for the common obesity cold?

I'm never shaking hands with an obese person again without immediately washing my hands and arms.

14 posted on 01/30/2006 6:48:55 PM PST by IntheHillsGolden (You pass through places ...and places pass through you.........)
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To: blam

15 posted on 01/30/2006 6:49:13 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: blam

Stupidity is obviously contagious too.


16 posted on 01/30/2006 6:52:20 PM PST by barj
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To: blam; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NormsRevenge; SierraWasp; Grampa Dave
I'll be away for awhile. Going to the drug store for my skinny pills...
17 posted on 01/30/2006 6:55:32 PM PST by tubebender (Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else...)
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To: blam
I'm not obese, but I do have 20 or 30 lbs I would like to lose.

I didn't "catch" it from anyone. I sit at a PC all day at work and at home.

Maybe I should suit FR and National Instruments.

:-)

18 posted on 01/30/2006 6:56:01 PM PST by manwiththehands (Good news for America = bad news for democRats.)
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To: A CA Guy

bttt


19 posted on 01/30/2006 6:56:27 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: blam

lol.

What a joke.


20 posted on 01/30/2006 6:57:37 PM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: tubebender

I've lost 45 pounds. I don't recommend the method however.


21 posted on 01/30/2006 6:59:30 PM PST by glock rocks (Real engineers don't answer "why" questions.)
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To: blam
"Obesity 'can be caught like a cold'"

I guess that could be true, If someone sneezed a ham sandwich on you, and you were dumb enough to eat it!
22 posted on 01/30/2006 7:05:53 PM PST by Beagle8U (An "Earth First" kinda guy ( when we finish logging here, we'll start on the other planets.)
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To: blam

So, you're telling me that chicken soup is NOT the answer.


23 posted on 01/30/2006 7:10:15 PM PST by kenth
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To: blam

I have a friend who LOST 155`LBS (He divorced his wife)..


24 posted on 01/30/2006 7:11:13 PM PST by qwert (Georgia, Sweet Georgia, the whole day thru....)
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To: glock rocks
Bummer... Can I send you a dozen Mikes Chili Cheese Burgers and 10 pounds of Garlic Fries (since 1946)
25 posted on 01/30/2006 7:14:19 PM PST by tubebender (Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else...)
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To: blam
"Obesity can be caught like a cold"

Note to self: Don't kiss fat women!!!


26 posted on 01/30/2006 7:35:31 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: tubebender

Noooooooooooooo.

I've got 20 more to go.


27 posted on 01/30/2006 7:35:33 PM PST by glock rocks (Real engineers don't answer "why" questions.)
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To: blam; All

Just wait the charity fundraising industry will now have telethons, fatness will become part of the ADA.

"Stuffing your piehole" will become a federally mandated RIGHT.

Perhaps we have too many universities if this is what they are studying.


28 posted on 01/30/2006 7:41:36 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: blam
This is the most absurd thing I've heard in over a year. Thanks for the laugh.
29 posted on 01/30/2006 7:44:40 PM PST by JasonC
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To: blam

So can gullibility.



30 posted on 01/30/2006 7:46:31 PM PST by Fintan (One day we'll look back on this and plow into a parked car.)
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To: blam

Wait for government programs for the fatso "poor" to go on diets and pay for the gym, and, and....
Women and minoririties hhhhhit hardest!


31 posted on 01/30/2006 7:48:58 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (FReeeePeee!)
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To: blam

Nah...I think you catch it from "Welfare."


32 posted on 01/30/2006 7:50:35 PM PST by goodnesswins (Seahawks headin' to the Superbowl for first time in 30 years....FINALLY!)
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To: tubebender; NormsRevenge; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Dog Gone; forester
By George! I think I've caught it!!!
33 posted on 01/30/2006 7:51:57 PM PST by SierraWasp (GovernMental EnvironMentalism... America's establishment of it's unconstitutional State Religion!!!)
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To: blam
Well, does the Virus stay in the system forever? AND does this mean we have to avoid fat people or not shake hands with them?

I don't believe a word of this article.

sw

34 posted on 01/30/2006 7:54:45 PM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: blam
Obesity is contagious? That's great news. We need to make the obese stand at least 30 feet from the entrances of resteraunts. I don't want to be breathing in their secondhand fat.

We could give them their own well ventilated section...

Nah. They can go outside, I think.
35 posted on 01/30/2006 7:55:37 PM PST by mysterio
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To: blam

I hope no fatties stand next to me. It would be like trying to catch a hippo.


36 posted on 01/30/2006 7:58:16 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: AD from SpringBay

That's why we need to ban being fat in resteraunts and bars. They can go outside if they want to be fat.


37 posted on 01/30/2006 7:59:59 PM PST by mysterio
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To: tubebender; Carry_Okie; NormsRevenge; FOG724; calcowgirl; Amerigomag; dalereed; Syncro
Baloney! It's caused by the Internet and computers!! Quiting smoking and indulging one's FR addiction is THE cause!!! (I know whereof I speak!)

I'd walk a mile for a banana split!!! (if only my danged pants wouldn't split)

Now some smartass in the news is talking about diabesity!!!

38 posted on 01/30/2006 8:00:30 PM PST by SierraWasp (GovernMental EnvironMentalism... America's establishment of it's unconstitutional State Religion!!!)
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To: blam

From cheeseburgers.

Highly contagious.


39 posted on 01/30/2006 8:01:07 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: mysterio

You might be missing the point. It sounds like they have no choice in the fatness. It was just something they caught. But they should be quarantined, so the disease doesn't spread.


40 posted on 01/30/2006 8:01:52 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: AD from SpringBay

Absolutely.


41 posted on 01/30/2006 8:02:42 PM PST by mysterio
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To: A CA Guy
Stuffing the pie hole and not exercising has always caused obesity.

LMAO! Ya think...

42 posted on 01/30/2006 8:05:24 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: blam
Danger, Danger. A prime breeding ground for obesity virus.......


43 posted on 01/30/2006 8:07:15 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s......you weren't really there.)
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To: spectre
I don't believe a word of this article.

Sounds like something out of The Onion, doesn't it. LMAO

This thread is too funny!

44 posted on 01/30/2006 8:07:16 PM PST by Fruitbat
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45 posted on 01/30/2006 8:13:01 PM PST by maggief (and the dessert cart rolls on ...)
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To: SierraWasp
I have an A-1 super duper immune system, I have the same 200# of speed muscle and guts that I did when I graduated from high school 50 years ago.
46 posted on 01/30/2006 8:25:05 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Fruitbat; NormsRevenge; dalereed; tubebender
"This thread is too funny!"

That's because FAT IS FUNNY!!! (unless it's stealthfully gotten stuck to yer A$$)

47 posted on 01/30/2006 8:38:45 PM PST by SierraWasp (GovernMental EnvironMentalism... America's establishment of it's unconstitutional State Religion!!!)
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To: blam

This wouldn't surprise me, not the first time an infectious agent has been found to cause something previously thought caused by something else (helicobacter Pylori comes to mind)..


48 posted on 01/30/2006 8:42:36 PM PST by Paradox (Liberalism IS a religion.)
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To: SierraWasp

I could go for a nice big root beer float about now.

Oh man, I have the ingredients, question is can I drag my sorry arse down to the kitchen and make one... and then make it back upstairs after ward. brrrr,, I shibbering at the thought..


49 posted on 01/30/2006 8:43:57 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SierraWasp
Baloney! It's caused by the Internet and computers!!

Since Al Gore invented the internet, maybe we should sue!

50 posted on 01/30/2006 8:46:30 PM PST by calcowgirl
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