Monday, September 20, 2010

Childhood Obesity Might Be Linked to Strain of Cold Virus

At least part of the blame for childhood obesity might be traced to a unexpected cause -- a certain strain of the virus that causes the common cold.

New research at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego shows that youngsters who were infected by adenovirus 36, which causes the common cold and slight gastrointestinal upset, were an average of 50 pounds heavier than children who hadn't been infected by this particular strain.

This study doesn't, however, suggest that people should give up on healthy eating and exercise.

Other studies, done in animals and human adults, have already shown an association between viral infections and obesity, but the exact relationship between those factors still isn't well known.

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