27 August 2007

The Link Between Fat and a Virus

What would it mean to our culture if we thought of fat people as having a virus versus lacking discipline? Juxtapose this snippet with a new study documented in Fitness magazine that says that now women of color are showing just as many body image problems and developing eating disorders at an equal rate to white women. Remember when Anorexia was a rich, white girl's disease? Strange times we live in.

(Excerpt by way of Digg...)

Too fat? Common virus may be to blame: study

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A common virus caused human adult stem cells to turn into fat cells and could explain why some people become obese, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

The research builds on prior studies of adenovirus-36 -- a common cause of respiratory and eye infections -- and it may lead to an obesity vaccine, they said.

"We're not talking about preventing all types of obesity, but if it is caused by this virus in humans, we want a vaccine to prevent this," said Nikhil Dhurandhar, an associate professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University System.

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