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    Posted: July 26 2018 at 12:24am

An ‘obesity virus’ could be to blame for many people being overweight

25 July 2018


Is obesity infectious? Evidence is growing in support of a controversial theory that a virus causes weight gain and obesity, but not everyone is convinced

By Clare Wilson

WEIGHT gain may be infectious. Evidence is growing that many people who are overweight may have a virus to blame.

Some have long thought that a virus is involved in some cases of obesity, but the idea is still highly controversial. Now a study shows for the first time that this virus, called adenovirus-36, is more often found in people who are obese than in those of a healthier weight. We don’t know yet how people catch the virus, but it may spread from person to person. …


I can't post the full article as our subscription lapsed years ago.  It is here if youb have the cash:   http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23931882-700-an-obesity-virus-could-be-to-blame-for-many-people-being-overweight/

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