Skip to comments.Now you CATCH obesity ...spreading fat cells are linked to a virus
Posted on 01/25/2009 5:04:14 PM PST by TornadoAlley3
Contagious? A scientist will claim obesity is linked to a virus that causes colds
Obesity can be 'caught' from another individual in the same way as a cold, scientists suggest.
The condition has been linked to a highly-infectious virus which causes sniffles and sore throats.
Spread by dirty hands, the adenovirus apparently attacks tissue and causes fat cells to multiply - leading to massive weight gain.
Previous studies have shown that chickens and mice infected with the bug put on weight more quickly than uninfected animals - even when they do not eat more.
Now human studies show that almost a third of obese adults carry the virus compared with 11 per cent of lean men and women.
Professor Nikhil Dhurandhar, who led the research, said the bug continues to add weight gain long after those infected recover from their cough or cold. He told BBC2's Horizon programme, to be shown at 9pm tonight: 'This virus goes to the lungs and spreads through the body.
'It goes to various organs and tissues such as the liver, kidney, brain and fat tissue.
'When this virus 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 the fat tissue expands and why people get fat when they are infected with this virus.'
The professor, from Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in Louisiana, said victims could remain infectious for up to three months. 'But people could be fat for reasons other than viral infections so it's really pointless to try to avoid fat people to avoid infection,' he said.
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I always seem to catch this virus in the winter.
Hey, it’s not a Thyroid problem or overeating.
Any second now, some scientist will start trying to teach that virus to migrate to breast tissue.
Rich is glorious.
Sure could have used that virus in Auschwitz.
No, it does not.
If this "newa" is at all real, then it is stupid beyond belief, and I fear for the very survival of our species.
Fats cells do not increase in number except for two well documented times between fertilization and death.
Any so called researcher who clams otherwise is wasting air by breathing.
Professor Nikhil Dhurandhar is nutjob I’m thinking. AND FAT!
If this were true there would be no Fat and Skinny.
Laurel would catch the virus and they’d both tip the scales.
What happened to personal responsibility??
I don’t buy this, but I think something un-natural is going on wrt: obesity. I used to eat like a horse when I was younger and stayed rail thin. I also wasn’t that active and watched lots of TV. Now, I know kids who eat right, avoid sodas, exercise and are still huge. I can’t help but wonder if it has to do with the growth hormones injected into livestock.
Except of course, livestock aren’t injected with growth hormones. Maybe you should get to know some farmers and find out how they really grow and raise food.
So does this mean a thin virus is contagious as well?
A virus commonly find in Whoppers, large fries, Big Macs, Quarter Pounders and Brahm’s banana splits.
That was my understanding as well. It seems that the highest pursuit in science is to find out why fat people who can’t push themselves back from the table are fat. Nobody wants to believe that it is because they can push themselves back from the table. Odd.
The ambulance-chasing lawyer who made out so handsomely protecting HIV patients' privacy, now advocating a nationwide database of FAT-infected persons, so he can avoid sharing the same aisle on a plane.
The homosexual who fought so hard for the right to sleep in a foxhole with his "buds" now won't ride in a taxi with a chubby driver.
Lunch counters and buses with "Lithe Only" signs...
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