Adenovirus Causes Fat
The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that adenovirus 36 (AD36) is linked to obesity in children.
The mean weight in those who carried antibodies to the virus was 92.9 kg, compared with 69.1 kg in those who were antibody-negative.
This interests me because I experienced an abrupt change in my metabolism when I was about 28 (I'm now 46).
Previously I had been able to eat very fatty food without gaining weight.
I regularly ate blocks of cheese, fatty burritos, etc., and I weighed about 185 lbs. (85 kg).
Suddenly at 28, with no major lifestyle changes, I started to gain weight -- up to 240 lbs (110 kg).
I had always assumed that this was because of a simple metabolic change linked to my increasing age.
However, for the last two years I have been eating very healthily -- lots of natural foods, not in large quantities, and very little fatty food.
Without losing any weight.
I have no way to verify that metabolic change was caused by AD36, but a viral cause for my weight gain fits my experience.
At this point, I have just accepted that I will never be able to eat sugars, starches or fats in any quantity, and my weight has started to drift back down.
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