New Study Links Obesity To Virus?

January 26, 2009

Louisiana (ChattahBox) – A new study has found a possible link between a virus and obesity, in a study conducted by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, in Louisiana.

The study found that the virus known as the adenovirus, is spread by dirty hands, and passes through the lungs. Once there, it increases fat cells drastically, and none are the wiser, as it’s usual symptoms are sore throat, cough, and a stuffy nose.

In previous tests, it was shown that mice with the virus gained weight at a significantly higher rate then those without it, and that a third of obese adults have the virus, many more then those who are lean.

“It goes to various organs and tissues such as the liver, kidney, brain and fat tissue,” explained Professor Nikhil Dhurandhar, the study leader.

“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.”

But the results have caused skepticism in most, and even concern that it is yet another excuse for obesity, taking away the focus of the main issue.

“A virus will never be the reason for why we have an obesity epidemic,” Dr. Ian Campbell of the charity group ‘Weight Concern’ told reporters.

“There are far too many other factors, starting with our calorie intake exceeding our expenditure, and that’s because we live such sedentary lives. Our dietary habits have changed beyond belief and I don’t believe that’s the effect of a viral infection….it is the fault of the commercial expansion of companies making unhealthy foods.”

An interview of the findings will be shown on BBC’s ‘Horizon’, at 9 PM London time.


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