January 26, 2009

It's a bug

I don't know how many times I've said that at work, but I never thought I would say that about becoming fat. It's a bug.

Scientists now claim that obesity can be caught as easy as a cold from other people's coughs, sneezes or dirty hands.
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.
Many experts already believe that obesity can be linked to genes and now evidently to an infection. Tests on chicken, mice and monkeys shows that infected with AD-36 they put on extra weight even if not given any extra food. For human beings it has been showed that 33% of all obese adults some time during their life have contracted the infection. This compared to thin people where only 11% had been infected.

So what to believe? Yes, some people probably put on weight easier either it's through genes or through an infection, but the main reason still is eating too much and not exercising enough. Very simple but at the same time very hard.

Hat tip to Laura who found the article.

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