Could viruses contribute to the worldwide epidemic of obesity?

  title={Could viruses contribute to the worldwide epidemic of obesity?},
  author={Richard L Atkinson},
  journal={International journal of pediatric obesity : IJPO : an official journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity},
  volume={3 Suppl 1},
The prevalence of obesity in children increased rapidly starting about 1980 in both developed and developing countries. Studies of changes in diet and physical activity, television watching, and food advertisements on television suggest that these are not sufficient to explain the epidemic. The pattern of rapid spread is suggestive of an infectious origin. The concept of virus-induced obesity is not new. Eight viruses have been shown to cause obesity in animals and there is evidence for virus… CONTINUE READING
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