Research in chicken, mice and now people, shows that animals with antibodies to a particular adenovirus—in the family that gives you colds in the family—are 4 to 5 times more likely to be overweight than those without those antibodies.
In other words, if you have been exposed to adenovirus 37 and you’re a chicken, you just might have much more fat, than if you had not been exposed. And your cholesterol and triglycerides are likely to be low.
Of course, if you were exposed to way too much fried chicken, and you ate the whole thing, then too, you might have much more fat too.
If you’re finger lickin’ curious, you can have your adenovirus-36 titers assessed for a cool $450, brought to you by a lab that has done nearly all this research.
It’s the same lab that squared off in Costco Magazine with Dr. John last year about whether obesity was a medical disease, or not.
One good thing about this research: it doesn’t blame people for overweight: blame doesn’t help people control their weight and keep it off. Structured weight loss programs do work.
The bad thing about it: if you add ubiquitous fast food, overproduction of calories by 1000 per capita in the U.S. , and more time in front of PCs and TVs (even to watch ChefMD on Lifetime!), you get fat…no matter what your viral titers.