New research from the Weight and Wellness Center at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego suggests that the same virus that causes the common cold may be responsible for some cases of childhood obesity.
Results of the study showed that children who were infected with adenovirus 36, the virus that causes the common cold and slight gastrointestinal upset, were an average of 50 pounds heavier than children who hadn't been infected with the virus.
Although researchers still suggest a healthy diet and exercise for overweight children, they are hopeful the findings will result in a change in attitudes about obesity and better treatment options.
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