It’s Not Just For Americans Anymore
There’s an interesting theory going around the tabloid press that contends the British obesity epidemic is really, well, an epidemic.
From The Daily Express:
OBESITY can be “caught” as easily as a common cold from other people’s coughs, sneezes and dirty hands, scientists will claim today.
Researchers believe that an airborne “adenovirus” germ could be causing the fat plague that is blighting Britain and other countries.
As many as one in three obese people may have become overweight after falling victim to the highly infectious cold-like virus, known as AD-36.
So how is this supposed to work? Can it possibly be true, or are we wishing this upon ourselves?
Dr Shahrad Taheri, clinical director for obesity at the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, said: “Most people believe obesity is caused by environmental factors.
“But there is a lot of information about how things like the furring up of arteries could be linked to infections. It is not beyond reason to think about various different factors, including infections, adding into the mix about what causes obesity.”
Sounds like a positive, definite maybe! If obesity is caused by an infection, then a vaccine is possible, which sounds like great news for lots and lots of people, all of whom seem to ride the bus at the same time I do. But a viral infection cause is not the whole story and if you’re thinking that this let’s you off the hook with dieting and exercise, you may want to think again, though.
Tony Barnett, professor of medicine at the University of Birmingham, said: “These associations may give some clues but they detract from the basic message that we all need to take more exercise and eat a bit less.
“This kind of research needs to go on but we have to be cautious.”
Although this is now all over the ‘net, I credit Don Surbur for the link.