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Today as I got ready for work I caught a rare slice of morning television. I think what initially caught my eye was the news (and photo. Yikes!!) of Jessica Simpson's recent weight gain on [Link Removed] .

I admit it... the story got a "Wow! She's letting her body go to hell!" out of me, but my attention was swiftly diverted when Mike said something like "Now, be nice. You never know. She might have a virus.", and I was all "Yeah, a FAT  virus" and Mike goes "Yeah, a virus that makes you fat" and then I felt bad and was embarrassed that a talk show host was correcting me, and I didn't even have my pants on yet.

Turns out there there actually is  a virus that could be making us fat! One of fifty viruses that cause the common cold, called AD-36, has been discovered to cause a replication of fat cells in bodies that are infected. According to the show this morning, a whopping 1/3 of all obese adults tested for the virus were positive for AD-36. Furthermore, every animal that was infected with the virus gained weight. One hundred percent!!

This was really exciting news for me, considering I have currently undertaken a lifestyle change that involves eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis. Obviously, if my fat cells are simply corrupted by this nasty little virus, then I can just get a shot and go back to sitting on my ass and eating bon bons whilst engaging in such stimulating activities as Judge Judy and SpongeBob SquarePants, right?

Apparently not, according to the mean, dream-wrecking doctor that spoke up against me. It seems that this discovery in no way discounts or overrides the importance of a healthy lifestyle, blah blah blah.

And, at least at far as I could tell while brushing my teeth and putting my pants on (Scott never allows me to go to work without pants. He’s mean, too), there’s no ready cure for those who might already be infected, although there is a test to determine if you are. And, on the up-side of things, a vaccine against infection is currently under development.

Want to find out more about AD-36? Click [Link Removed] .


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      Rene' Grandon wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • Hey Feathermay,that was interesting, you tell Scott to stop being mean to our girl.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • LOL - I have read/heard of this virus. Good news is people don’t have to wait for a vaccine. (No, I am not going to pitch Osolean - although it would help.) There are natural anti-viral remedies out there. Anti-virals that are very effective, even against viral-resistant drugs.  

      I think more of us are plagued with the thrifty gene syndrome than the virus though. And I learned another little tidbit about fat vs weight loss last night. The reason why so many people lose and gain back more... is that they typically lose half fat, half lean muscle. Muscle burns more calories which isn’t new news. I had never taken that to the logical conclusion though... that if you lose 20 lbs of fat, and 20 lbs of lean you have 20 less pounds of lean to burn calories... so when you go off your ‘diet’ you gain back more than you weighed to begin with - because you body now requires even less calories. Muscle doesn’t rebuild itself without exercise. So that is why the yo-yo effect is so common (not to mention returning to your ‘normal’ diet typically means the caloric intake that got you fat in the first place.)
      So keep exercising Heather, even if it is a drag. And keep taking the Osolean - test results showed almost one hundred percent of weight loss was fat, whereas the control group was the typical half/half. Well, I guess I did plug Osolean didn’t I? tongue out I am just so impressed with the results people are getting, and I finally found something natural that really helps.



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      UK Girl wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • I saw this in the UK news plus we have had the pictures of Jessica and then a picture of her as Daisy Duke ... poor sod it must slay you living in that goldfish bowl.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • Okay Heather, I couldn’t resist. I had to watch the clip. I like the chic who argues against the doc. She has valid points, and some that I thought of before she even mentioned them. What about the folks with the virus that aren’t overweight? Why not reverse the theory - really it is because people who are overweight have lowered immune systems and are more suseptible to illnesses? (which is already supported with research.)



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      Feathermaye wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • Dee Dee, the same thing actually occurred to me in relationship to overweight people being more susceptible to virus and other illnesses.

      The world is so ready for an easy fix, and I hope my tongue-in-cheek follow-up to this morning’s news proves that I’m done looking for the easy fix. The Osolean is the closest thing to “easy” I’ve ever found, and I’m still working hard on myself. The Osolean is just part of my overall effort.

      I must say, though... Jessica? Whoa! ;)



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • When Jessica Simpson was skinny-skinny, she was going against her natural state. She is a voluptuous girl!

      OK, so now I’ve got genetics, friends who are overweight (remember this revelation about a year ago?), this virus and how I was treated in my 3rd grade math class as reasons why I might be fat! It’s soooo not my fault!estatic



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      Feathermaye wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • But does Mark let you go around outside of the house without pants is the real question...



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      Paris Mano wrote Feb 11, 2009
    • I saw that on the news also. Fat is caused by a virus. Hmmm?



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