Study Virus Linked To Weight Gain In Children

09.20.10 | FL News Team

A new study shows children carrying a specific virus strain are more likely to become obese or overweight compared to their counterparts not carrying the virus.  The viral infection called adenovirus 36 or AD-36 causes respiratory and gastrointestinal tract infections.  Researchers found kids who tested positive for AD-36 weighed an average of 35-pounds more than obese children who didn't carry the virus.

AD-36 infects fat cells in children making them grow and multiply much faster than normal.  Researchers also discovered the virus makes it harder to break down mature fat cells which resulted in a higher fat accumulation in the body.  The study was published online in the journal "Pediatrics."