Infectobesity is a theory that obesity and weight gain could have an infectious origin. It also refers to the growing field of research attempting to find links between infectious pathogens and weight gain. Medically, obesity does not just refer to cosmetic weight differences. It is a condition that increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and many other health issues. Experts hope that breakthroughs in infectobesity research will help combat the obesity epidemic.
The term "infectobesity" was coined by Dr.Nikhil Dhurandhar, chair of the department of nutrition at Texas Tech University. While studying adenoviruses, Dhurandhar published details about one type, which causes fat cell growth in animals, and its associations with human obesity. Over the years, researchers have found several other links between viruses or bacteria and obesity. Due to the rising rates of obesity in the world, medical professionals are searching for better approaches to preventing and managing obesity. This led to increased interest in the idea of infectobesity.
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