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New one for you--Infectobesity


July 15, 2015

HEALTH'Sass - What if--stay with me here--obesity were caused by a virus? Would that help account for the difficulty people have in losing and keeping weight off and the rising incidence of obesity in poor countries formerly suffering from malnutrition?

I first wrote about Dr Nikhil Dhurandhar, now a professor  and chairman of the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Texas Tech, when I was writing for WebMD.

His research is based on the human adenovirus 36, which seems to cause obesity in humans and animals while at the same time reducing blood sugar. At the time I talked to him, he was looking into the virus's making chickens fatter when they were sick. He found this virus in a significant portion of obese humans' blood.

Read the story here.