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MatC
146770.  Wed Feb 14, 2007 6:09 am Reply with quote

I’ve got some stuff on why obese people have much greater longevity than thin people, if anyone wants it. Also on who counts as obese (virtually all professional American footballers, eg.), and how the definitions of obesity are decided as a result of lobbying from competing interest groups.

 
Vitali
154112.  Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:31 am Reply with quote

Just to repreat my yesterday's thesis: the unhealthiest place in the UK (and in Europe) is Scotland, the birthplace of fried Mars bars (could be a good question in itself: "What's the motherland of a deep-fried Mars bar? It is acually Edinburgh!) and haggis (BTW, 40 per cent of Americans believe that haggis is a wild beast that can be hunted in Scotland!). And the unhealthiest place in Scotland is Greenock, where the longevity is 5-10 years lower than in the rest of Scotland.

 
eggshaped
154117.  Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:33 am Reply with quote

We had deep fried mars bars in a previous series I'm afraid.

 
eggshaped
155218.  Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:33 am Reply with quote

Americans too fat for x-rays.

Over the past 15 years, the number of failed scans linked to patient obesity has doubled

UK hospitals have had to make their beds stronger for obese patients.

Airlines are designing aircraft to carry heavier loads because passengers are becoming plumper.

Wimbledon is widening its centre court seats. The new seats around a renovated centre court will be six centimetres wider than the original 1922 model.

Batman, the Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man have all expanded their vital statistics in recent years.

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Flash
155240.  Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:57 am Reply with quote

I have a friend who is a priest in Lincolnshire, and he says that quite a lot of the coffins they get are now too big for the crematorium in Boston, and have to be sent to London.

 
MatC
157935.  Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:59 am Reply with quote

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council is “installing bigger furnaces” at a crematorium, as it says here rather tastefully, “to cater for growing numbers of fat corpses.” The council says some coffins simply won't fin t into the burners.

S: Western Daily Press, 19 March 07

 
MatC
159215.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:41 am Reply with quote

Human adenoviruses Ad-5, Ad-36, and Ad-37 have been shown to cause obesity in other animals, and Ad-36 has been “associated” with human obesity. This means that obesity might be contagious - it could be “caught like a cold,” which would help to explain its tendency to be geographically concentrated. A researcher from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, whose findings were published in the American Journal of Physiology, said that “With the exception of infectious diseases, no other chronic disease in history has spread so rapidly. The nearly simultaneous increase in obesity in most countries is difficult to explain by changes in food intake and exercise alone.”

S: Daily Telegraph, 31 Jan 06.

Isn’t the idea of “catching” a beer belly - from a germy doorknob, perhaps, or someone sneezing over you on the Northern Line - full of panel potential?

 
eggshaped
159224.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:47 am Reply with quote

My personal theory is that the virus manipulates the brain of its host to eat lots and not exercise.

 
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159233.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:52 am Reply with quote

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Flash
159269.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:33 am Reply with quote

The idea that you can catch obesity is great. I envisage Doon McKichan edging her chair away from Phill Jupitus.

 
MatC
159270.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:35 am Reply with quote

We could issue her with a face mask, and not tell her why until the question comes up ...

 
Flash
159271.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:36 am Reply with quote

LOL

 
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159274.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:40 am Reply with quote

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MatC
159349.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:52 am Reply with quote

I fear you're right ..

Meanwhile, some more sources for the obesity virus (or Chubby Flu, as I like to think of it):

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Madison have found that mice and chickens infected with a common human virus put on much more fat than uninfected animals. They have also discovered that the same virus is more prevalent among overweight people, a strong indication that it may also cause obesity in humans.
In four experiments, the Wisconsin researchers inoculated chickens and mice with adenovirus-36, a member of a viral family that includes about 50 strains. Most adenoviruses cause colds, diarrhea or pinkeye.
- http://archives.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/07/28/fat.virus.ap/index.html

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Ad-36 has been shown in an in vitro study by researcher Nikhil Dhurandhar of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center to help human cells go from having the potential to store fat to actually storing it. "I am not saying that all obesity is caused by viruses," Dhurandhar notes. "Obesity has multiple causes and viruses may be one of those causes."
Whether or not hand-washing will help with weight management remains to be determined. "It makes people feel more comfortable to think that obesity stems from lack of control," Whigham adds. "It's a big mental leap to think you can catch obesity."
- ScientificAmerican

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Obesity could be contagious

- http://www.studentbmj.com/back_issues/0900/news/311a.html

I wonder if it might be worth tying this to a Gen Ig: “What causes stomach ulcers?” Or is that too well-known?

 
Flash
159391.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:47 am Reply with quote

I think the ulcers thing is OK, though we did already run it in the book.

 

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