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OBESITY BUG YOU CAN CATCH
dailyexpress.co.uk ^ | January 26,2009 | Jo Willey

Posted on 01/25/2009 6:08:18 PM PST by neverdem


Obesity is a major problem in Britain

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

Researchers believe that an airborne “adenovirus” germ could be causing the fat plague that is blighting Britain and other countries.

As many as one in three obese people may have become overweight after falling victim to the highly infectious cold-like virus, known as AD-36.

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

The shocking discovery will add to evidence that Britain’s obesity epidemic is not simply down to an unhealthy diet or lack of exercise.

Research suggests a third of UK adults will be grossly overweight within three years, with Britain even predicted to overtake the US as the most obese nation in the world.

The problem already causes 9,000 premature deaths in the UK a year and costs the NHS £1billion.

Many experts already believe that genes can make some people more susceptible to weight gain and now it seems that infections could also hold the key.

Studies have shown that chickens and mice infected with AD-36 put on weight quicker than uninfected animals, even when they were not given extra food. It has also been found to cause huge weight gain in monkeys.

Now 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.

Dr Dhurandhar, who will make the extraordinary claims on BBC2’s Horizon tonight, said: “We now know that this virus goes to the lungs and spreads to various organs such as the liver, kidney, brain and fat tissue.

“When it 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.”

Tony Barnett, professor of medicine at the University of Birmingham, said: “These associations may give some clues but they detract from the basic message that we all need to take more exercise and eat a bit less.

“This kind of research needs to go on but we have to be cautious.”

Dr Colin Waine, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: “We must acknowledge it is a contribution to the research but it doesn’t alter the management of obesity.”

The documentary also reveals research which claims to explain why those on diets feel permanently hungry, even when overweight.

A US study found that people have a “natural body weight” and respond to losing a few pounds in the same way as if they were starving.

The findings suggest that overweight people who diet will always suffer hunger pangs, even if they become lean and healthy.

• Horizon: Why Are Thin People Not Fat? is on BBC2 at 9pm tonight.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Testing
KEYWORDS: ad36; adenovirus; health; muffintop; obesity
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To: neverdem
Here is a hi-res scanning electron microscope picture of the "adenovirus" AD-36.


21 posted on 01/25/2009 7:58:40 PM PST by 6SJ7 (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: neverdem; Drumbo; Slings and Arrows

Now look-a here, if’n I believed this crap, I’d be sneezin like a Guinness contestant on all them skinny hoes, know whut Ahm sayin?


22 posted on 01/25/2009 7:59:38 PM PST by Titan Magroyne ("Drill now drill hard drill often and give old Gaia a cigarette afterwards she deserves it." HerrBlu)
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To: speekinout
We should all have an eating plan that we will stay with for the rest of our lives. You’re not done until you know you will eat that way, happily, forever.

Yes. This is exactly correct.
23 posted on 01/25/2009 8:10:04 PM PST by mysterio
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To: Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; Global2010; Battle Axe; donna; Myrddin; melsec; ...
micro, stem cell & diabetes ping

Ebola may have passed from a pig to a human

This is the 4th thread in 3 years to describe the tendency of the AD-36 virus to cause obesity. Click on the keyword, ad36, and find Coleus' thread.

Earlier this year, researchers in Dhurandhar's lab found that exposure to the virus actually caused adult human stem cells to turn into fat-storing cells.

24 posted on 01/25/2009 8:15:32 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Titan Magroyne; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ..
Now look-a here, if’n I believed this crap, I’d be sneezin like a Guinness contestant on all them skinny hoes, know whut Ahm sayin?

Exactly. I think I caught that virus at Waffle House.


25 posted on 01/25/2009 8:36:11 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (This fiasco brought to you by the failed Obama administration.)
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To: neverdem
It is known to cause coughs, sore throats, diarrhoea and conjunctivitis but has now also been found to make fat cells multiply, leading to weight gain.

I heard about this over 10 years ago in grad school. Even if fat cells multiply, you still can't get any fatter than the amount of fat represented by the energy intake in excess of energy expenditure. Of course a complicating factor could be that the excess fat cells could add to hunger signals leading to more eating than is necessary for energy homeostasis.
26 posted on 01/25/2009 8:44:39 PM PST by aruanan
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To: neverdem

I was quite impressed by your recent post of the “Atkins” diet and Type II diabetes. It seems that they have truly found a “cure”.

Along these lines, I read with great interest “Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taube. The inescapable truth is that carbs, plain and simple, are the source of our problem, though HFCS is certainly a terrible food, as carbs go.

Looking for a magic bullet like the cold virus takes away the blame that we owe ourselves for the totally bankrupt nutritional advice that the government has served us for the past 50 years. Anybody who is interested in the history of suecessful weight loss should read the portions of the Taube book about “reducing diets.” These have been around for years, have always been successful, but fly in the face of conventional nutritional thinking.

I’ll take a pass on the adeno virus “cure”.


27 posted on 01/25/2009 8:50:40 PM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: Slings and Arrows

What about all those casseroles and homemade desserts that women keep leaving at your front door? Wonder if the virus is foodborne, as well?


28 posted on 01/25/2009 8:57:34 PM PST by LucyT
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To: Slings and Arrows

Waffle House will do it every time, Slings and Arrows. LOL.


29 posted on 01/25/2009 8:58:25 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: Marie2
Now that you mention it I had pneumonia, the hospital infection kind, after surgery. I had always been thin, but after that I started gaining weight...never had to worry about it before, but afterward a different story. I had never made the connection until reading this thread. Well, whether or not it's the reason I think I shall adopt it :^)
30 posted on 01/25/2009 9:03:19 PM PST by pepperdog (The world has gone crazy.)
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To: pepperdog

Wow. I remember my turning point too. Freshman in H.S. thin and then half way through my sophomore year I had appendicitis, emergency surgery, and fought my weight ever since.


31 posted on 01/25/2009 9:53:12 PM PST by Battle Axe (Repent for the coming of the Lord is nigh!)
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To: kempo

That must explain the few extra pounds I’ve put on recently. And all this time I thought it was the ‘junk’ I’ve been eating more than normal this winter. Guess it’s not my fault, good! I’ll get some more Doritos at the store tomorrow, maybe some hoho’s too : )


32 posted on 01/25/2009 10:55:29 PM PST by HollyB
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To: neverdem
Photobucket take 2 of these at bed time.....Trust me... I'm a Doctor.
33 posted on 01/25/2009 11:19:51 PM PST by odin2008 (EVIL TRUMPHS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING)
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To: neverdem
His studies indicated that the virus lingers for up to three months, during which time it multiplies fat and is contagious to others.

3 months of swelling fat cells translates to a lifetime of obesity? Does it work retroactively? Sounds fishy to me.

34 posted on 01/25/2009 11:26:19 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: LucyT

The neighborhood cats must be eating them.


35 posted on 01/26/2009 12:57:57 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (This fiasco brought to you by the failed Obama administration.)
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To: GOP_Lady

I like my hash browns Rachel Corrie style: Scattered, smothered, and covered.


36 posted on 01/26/2009 12:59:21 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (This fiasco brought to you by the failed Obama administration.)
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To: neverdem

To all those who have ever scorned a fat person and insisted that they must be fat just because they eat like a pig...well, in the immortal words of Sam Kinnison, “Bite me.”


37 posted on 01/26/2009 2:37:57 AM PST by dsc (A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.)
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To: neverdem

Thanks, BFL.


38 posted on 01/26/2009 4:15:24 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: neverdem

Stay away from fat people, they are contagious !!!!!. ;0)


39 posted on 01/26/2009 5:09:23 AM PST by seemoAR
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To: neverdem

Is this serius?


40 posted on 01/26/2009 5:56:57 AM PST by RoadTest (The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jer.17:9)
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