Can You Catch Obesity Like a Cold?

The human adenovirus 36 (Ad-36) is linked to increased fat in animals and humans.

A recent survey in Chilpancingo, Mexico of 75 children found more Ad-36 present in obese than normal weight children. The human adenovirus 36 (Ad-36) is linked to increased fat in animals and humans. A recent survey in Chilpancingo, Mexico of 75 children found more Ad-36 present in obese than normal weight children.

Other global studies concur:

  • Sweden: Earlier research in children saw that Ad-36 infection was linked with obesity.
  • United States: Antibodies to Ad-36 was higher in a population of obese children. In fact, it was associated with as much as 35-pound greater body weight.
  • South Korea: a group of obese schoolchildren, infected children had higher BMIs.

Infectious agents can be a contributor to the obesity epidemic. How does this happen?

Scientists think that Ad-36 infection increases preadipocytes as well as fat accumulation in mature fat cells. Obesity is caused by many things and infection should be considered as one more piece of this epidemic puzzle.

 

 

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