Obesity In Children Caused By Common Cold Virus

Photo: Walter Siegmund (CC)

Photo: Walter Siegmund (CC)

Nothing to do with eating too many high-fructose corn syrup-laden foods and gallons of sugary drinks, of course! Hard to believe this is a serious story, but here it is from Discovery News:

Childhood obesity is not only an epidemic, it may be an infectious disease transmitted by a common cold virus, a new study suggests.

Children exposed to adenovirus-36 were more likely to be obese than were children who had no evidence of infection, according to a study published online Sept. 20 in Pediatrics. The new study is the latest to link the virus to obesity in people. Recent studies of Korean children and both American and Italian adults have shown that obese people are more likely to have antibodies against the virus — a sign of a prior infection — than normal-weight people are.

Adenoviruses are some of the many viruses responsible for causing colds and stomach ailments in people.

In the new study, 67 obese and 57 normal-weight children ranging in age from 8 to 18 were tested for the presence of antibodies against adenovirus-36 in their blood. Researchers led by Jeffrey Schwimmer, a pediatric gastroenterologist at the University of California, San Diego, and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, found antibodies in 19 of the children. Of those children found to carry the antibody, 15 were obese and four were of normal weight.

Not only were obese children more likely to have antibodies to the virus — 22 percent of obese children had antibodies compared with 7 percent of normal-weight kids — but the obese kids with evidence of prior adenovirus-36 infections were on average about 35 pounds fatter than obese children who hadn’t caught the virus…

[continues at Discovery News]

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  • Vox Penii

    it was hard to believe that ulcers were caused by viruses, too; everyone knew they were caused by stress and poor diet.

    and it was hard to believe that invisible entities called “bacteria” were to blame for most deaths before about 1940. before Pasteur, all the in-the-know people were convinced that miasma was the obvious culprit.

  • gemmarama

    does this not just indicate that if you eat shit, you’ll end up ill and fat? if you have a poor diet your immune system will be low, you’ll catch colds and you’ll put on weight. seems fairly obvious to me.

  • gemmarama

    does this not just indicate that if you eat shit, you’ll end up ill and fat? if you have a poor diet your immune system will be low, you’ll catch colds and you’ll put on weight. seems fairly obvious to me.

  • Imnotfat

    This would of been a headline in The Onion only 2 years ago that would of been making fun of fear based stories that really have no logic when you take two seconds to think about it and not simply react. Are we all gonna jump on the bandwagon and start taking what they recommend. I’m sure the name of the pill or vaccine will have a v, x or a z in it.

  • Imnotfat

    This would of been a headline in The Onion only 2 years ago that would of been making fun of fear based stories that really have no logic when you take two seconds to think about it and not simply react. Are we all gonna jump on the bandwagon and start taking what they recommend. I’m sure the name of the pill or vaccine will have a v, x or a z in it.

  • Tuna Ghost

    I’m still not buying this liberal media bullshit about “bacteria”, your invisible sickness spirits can go get fucked

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2UDOYDRHPI54VGV5ZBL5IBVM6U Steve

    Maybe it has something to with the “feed a cold, starve a fever” thing…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2UDOYDRHPI54VGV5ZBL5IBVM6U Steve

    Maybe it has something to with the “feed a cold, starve a fever” thing…

  • fuzzgun

    What’s with this Vox guy buying into every single junk science article that’s posted on disinfo? Psychiatry student?

  • GoodDoktorBad

    “all disease begins in the colon”

    Over weight people are full of shit -literally.

    http://www.emaxhealth.com/39/1015.html

  • Anonymous

    “all disease begins in the colon”

    Over weight people are full of shit -literally.

    http://www.emaxhealth.com/39/1015.html

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Its actually the opposite of what the title suggests. The common cold virus (and others) is caused by obesity, sort of. It finds a fertile place to propagate in the intestines of the overweight. Combined with lowered immune systems, the over weight tend to be less able to handle infection.

  • Anonymous

    Its actually the opposite of what the title suggests. The common cold virus (and others) is caused by obesity, sort of. It finds a fertile place to propagate in the intestines of the overweight. Combined with lowered immune systems, the over weight tend to be less able to handle infection.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    …because the crates of Doritos and the Xbox are completely unrelated incidents with no bearing on this issue.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    …because the crates of Doritos and the Xbox are completely unrelated incidents with no bearing on this issue.

  • http://www.fightobesity.net/obesity-in-children.html Obesity in children

    We tend to see many parents are have passive attitude towards their obese child. It is an onset of many hazardous diseases which include the early development of diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis and various heart conditions. The fact is that the earlier obesity is brought under control, the better it is for the child. Eating habits is one of the key to control obesity. Intake of fruits and vegetables will go a long way in doing so.

  • http://www.fightobesity.net/obesity-in-children.html Obesity in children

    We tend to see many parents are have passive attitude towards their obese child. It is an onset of many hazardous diseases which include the early development of diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis and various heart conditions. The fact is that the earlier obesity is brought under control, the better it is for the child. Eating habits is one of the key to control obesity. Intake of fruits and vegetables will go a long way in doing so.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/7HZFK2AWIMC5A27Z7C4S6JMF3U Pablo

    go blame on the white house first lady start this trash and remind you it start back in 1992 when bill clinton start this trash too please take your time start looking up on bill clinton health? what did he eat full of trash and bad health foods go blame on sex sick bill clinton, he should be in jail by now. 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/7HZFK2AWIMC5A27Z7C4S6JMF3U Pablo

    go blame on the white house first lady start this trash and remind you it start back in 1992 when bill clinton start this trash too please take your time start looking up on bill clinton health? what did he eat full of trash and bad health foods go blame on sex sick bill clinton, he should be in jail by now. 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/7HZFK2AWIMC5A27Z7C4S6JMF3U Pablo

    go blame on the white house first lady start this trash and remind you it start back in 1992 when bill clinton start this trash too please take your time start looking up on bill clinton health? what did he eat full of trash and bad health foods go blame on sex sick bill clinton, he should be in jail by now. 

  • Shoogie

    Doesn’t this just prove that fat people are more likely to catch cold?

  • Shoogie

    Doesn’t this just prove that fat people are more likely to catch cold?

  • Tuna Ghost

    I’m still not buying this liberal media bullshit about “bacteria”, your invisible sickness spirits can go get fucked

  • Guest

    What’s with this Vox guy buying into every single junk science article that’s posted on disinfo? Psychiatry student?

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