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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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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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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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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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