Obesity can be “caught” as easily as a common cold from other people’s coughs, sneezes and dirty hands, scientists said Monday.
Hi Everyone, I came across this in the news today:
The article went on to say that the “condition” has been linked to a highly-infectious virus which also causes sniffles and sore throats. (Wonder if it goes away with cold medicine?)
Nikhil Dhurandhar, an associate professor at The Pennington Biomedical Research Center, in Baton Rouge, La., said the virus, known as AD-36, infects the lungs then whisks around the body, forcing fat cells to multiply and also causing 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.
Now we have to worry every time a fat person sniffles or sneezes around us. OF COURSE I am being facetious… as if the obese didn’t have enough problems already, NOW the public has further reason to ostracize them. Can thin people also carry this virus? I had to read down to the third paragraph of the news release to find the answer…
“In one test, a third of obese people had the rare and highly contagious virus compared to just 11 percent of thinner people. Weight gain can last three months until the body has built up resistance to the bug.
OK, here’s what I am taking away from this:
1) Two out of three obese people DO NOT carry the virus.
2) Thin people can carry it too
3) Weight gain can last three months. So can a nasty, persisting cold. So is the virus causing obesity, or do we have obese study subjects with a persistent cold? Hmmm…
When asked, the associate professor admitted: “People could be fat for reasons other than viral infections, so it’s pointless for fat people to try to avoid infection,” said Dhurandhar.
Yeah, they can be fat for reasons like metabolic disorders, overeating, and not getting enough exercise. I rest my case.
Look for a miracle pill addressing the virus from an enterprising pharmaceutical company in the near future. Until then, let’s dispense with the fringe theories for obesity, and get to work. I am here to help. Check out our training and nutrition programs on this website. Yes, they’re free.
Stay healthy and don’t sneeze.
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