Oh my. What next?
This is a good one:
Oh my. What next?
Thanks for the link.
Would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic. Media apologists for the Standard American Diet.
Gee - Is it perhaps possible that they have ignored one or two other confounding variables here ? (By the way, one study of a few dozen children is not exactly my idea of statistically significant.)
Never eat anything bigger than your own head.
Hmm, actually they do explain why they think it might be the virus as opposed to overweight people just being more vulnerable to the virus:
"research with cells in petri dishes suggests that the virus may cause changes in the body that lead to weight gain. Some studies have shown that the virus can enter fat cell precursors, rewiring them to spew out more fat cells, while others have shown that the virus can modify fat cells themselves so that they store more fat."
But they're still only talking about 20% of obese kids. And surely this effect from the virus doesn't go on forever...?
This made me smile - America's most obese state? Kentucky! Good ol' Col. Sanders!
La tristesse durera toujours...
*drums fingers on desk* ...waiting for natural selection to kick in...anytime now...
Seriously, can a virus just go on and evolve to target stupidity? People will do anything to not take accountability for their own actions.
It may seem outlandish at first, but I'm not inclined to dismiss this virus entirely as a potential problem. The cause, imho, of the increasing numbers of obese people in the US (and abroad) is multi-factorial. Jenny of DiabetesUpdate/Blood Sugar 101 is a fairly strict I-go-by-the-science lady and she has pointed the finger at a few guilty parties (outside of food) that I never would have connected to the obesity problem: hormone disruptors like phthalates and BPA as well as SSRI's taken as medication *and* unintentionally taken in because they are increasingly present in low levels in our water supply.
High levels of stress, inadequate vitamin D, too little exposure to sunshine, too little sleep, the type and quantity of gut flora--all these can influence body composition. Fluoridation of many water systems can affect thryoid function. Most importantly in my estimation, the poor diet of a mother--and even a grandmother!--can negatively pattern a fetus's endocrine system and predispose that individual to diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity.
Obesity is not a simple mathematical result of the foods individuals choose to put in their mouths--even when those foods are healthful primal-friendly options. I do believe that food choice (and quantity) makes a huge difference, but let us not dismiss possible contributors without investigation. I think the article makes a good case for at least exploring this virus.
I'm not saying I'm convinced the virus *is* a factor, merely this: I am curious. Let us have a better look.