Cartoon by Rob Rogers
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Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, claims that one in three fat people could have caught their obesity.”


Is he serious?

Oh yeah, he’s serious.

Dr. Dhurandhar and others at Pennington believe that “there is accumulating evidence that certain viruses may cause obesity, in essence making obesity contagious.”

I first read about this “obesity virus” theory almost three years ago.

At that time, researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison had identified 3 viruses (part of the adenovirus family) that could have been responsible for obesity in animals and humans.

Over the past few years, there has been even more research.

And tonight, on BBC2’s science program, Horizon, Dr. Dhurandhar will tell us all about the infectious AD-36 virus that is carried by a third of obese adults, compared to 11 per cent of lean men and women.

The good doctor will go on to explain how AD-36 “goes to the lungs and spreads through the body. When AD-36 hits your fat tissue, it replicates, increasing the number of new fat cells.

“This may explain why the fat tissue expands and why people get fat when they are infected with this virus.”

So, what do you think?

Is there really such a thing as an Obesity Virus?

The cynic in me wonders if this an attempt by drug researchers to create a “disease” in order to justify their “cure”?

Just think about it.

  • There are approximately 1.3 billion overweight or obese people on the planet today.
  • If one third of that population is afflicted with the obesity virus, we are looking at a little over 433 million potential infectees.
  • And, if we assume that the vaccine will cost users/insurance companies $100 per year, we are looking at potential sales of $43.3 billion dollars per year.
  • $43 billion…with a B

However, the optimist in me remembers that, at one time, we all thought that ulcers were caused by stress and spicy foods. Now we know about the link between ulcers and the H.pylori bacterium.

So, maybe there is something behind this obesity virus.

What do you think?


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