Obesity Bug You Can Catch

  1. 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.

    I've never heard of this before, I thought it was interesting.
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  3. by   Straydandelion
    Never thought I would read something like this...interesting depending on how reliable. It would have been better if the article had pointed to the actual scientific study however.
  4. by   MaryAnn_RN
    So it isn't all the rubbish I eat on shift, and the lack of exercise that makes me fat?
  5. by   animal1993
    I like it! The next time my doctor tells me to lose a few pounds, I'll just tell him "Don't blame me! I must have caught the fat virus!!!":roll
  6. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    I read about something like this. A biologist in India noticed that a bunch of chickens that died from disease were morbidly obese. Normally, they would be emaciated. Apparently, the dead fat chickens had a form of adenovirus, which causes the common cold, among other things.

    Wouldn't it be funny if, for all the talk about exercise and self-discipline, fat people are really just ill.
  7. by   leslie :-D
    i find articles like this amazing.
    in another thread, we're discussing the link betw obesity and vit d deficiency.

    anyways, does this mean they'll be coming down with an ad-36 vaccine??

  8. by   Junebugfairy
    i can definitely wrap my my mind around the possibility of a 'fat virus' affecting *some* people, but i would find it terribly difficult to believe that it affects *most* obese or overweight people.

    i used to be overweight... i am 26..at 16 i was 230 pounds, and i ate terribly, i admit that.

    now at 26 i am 5'6 and 130 pounds, yes, i lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass, and without pills.

    i do one hour of cardio everyday, and lift weights every other day. i eat healthfully, no added sugar, no processed foods, and i eat a lot of fruit and veggies.

  9. by   FireStarterRN
    I read about this yesterday on BBC online.

    This seems to me to be a classic Chicken/Egg scenario. Does the virus cause the obesity or does being overweight and having bad eating habits make people more susceptible to the virus?

    I'm no expert, but I vote for the latter.