January 26, 2009
Fat Bug On The Loose
Monday, scientists said that obesity can be "caught" as easily as a common cold from other people's coughs, sneezes and dirty hands.
Researchers believe that an airborne "adenovirus" germ might cause the fat plague that is causing obesity in Britain and other countries.
As many as one in three obese people have become overweight after becoming a victim of the AD-36.
An associate professor at The Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., said the AD-36 virus infects the lungs, then whisks around the body forcing fat cells to multiply and cause sore throats.
"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," Dhurandhar said.
The weight gain can last three months until the body builds up a resistance to the bug.
"People could be fat for reasons other than viral infections, so it's pointless for fat people to try to avoid infection," said Dhurandhar.
Also, the study reveals that dieters will always feel hungry because humans have a "natural body weight" and they will always suffer hunger pains.
Both the clinical and basic research was conducted by The Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a Louisiana State University campus.
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