Study: Cold virus is tied to extra weight in obese youths

09/20/2010 | USA Today

Obese children ages 8 to 18 who had been infected with adenovirus 36, a strain that causes colds, were about 35 pounds heavier than obese children without the virus, a U.S. study found. The virus contributes to obesity by increasing the amount of fat in fat cells and making new fat cells, one expert said.

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