April 9, 2015
The father of infectobesity is Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD, chair of nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He stumbled on the idea when he was in grad school in India: A veterinarian friend happened to mention that an outbreak among chickens was causing the birds to get curiously fat. Dhurandhar later came to learn that the infected chickens had been hit with a common bug known as an adenovirus, strains of which are found in horses, dogs, monkeys, and humans. Now, 25 years later, his theory has been borne out by research.