Obesity in children linked to common cold virus

Adenovirus-36 may be making kids heavier, new study suggests

By Tina Hesman Saey, 12:23 PM September 20, 2010

Childhood obesity is not only an epidemic, it may be an infectious disease transmitted by a common cold virus, a new study suggests.

Children exposed to adenovirus-36 were more likely to be obese than were children who had no evidence of infection, according to a study published online September 20 in Pediatrics. The new study is the latest to link the virus to obesity in people. Recent studies of Korean children and both American and Italian adults have shown that obese people are more lik...

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