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Bear Bibeault
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"obesity epidemic" on the news?

I didn't realize it was catchy.

Can I blame my jean's size on that fat guy I sat next to on a plane in 1988?


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David O'Meara
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Have you heard the song "Underwear Goes Inside The Pants"? (Possibly not suitable for work)
Obesity bit starts at about 2:10
pete stein
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Bear Bibeault wrote:"obesity epidemic" on the news?

Can I speak from a doctor's perspective?

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Epidemic doesn't mean that a disease is contagious; it just that incidence rate of a disease greatly exceeds that which is expected, and in this situation it is so very true. We are seeing an explosion of obesity and it's related problems, and it is changing every facet of medicine. I blame it mostly on TV and the internet changing our activity and sleep patterns.
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But this will all be thankfully cured by global warming with its resultant massive crop failures and widespread famine. So no worries.
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Joe Ess
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Bear Bibeault wrote:
Can I blame my jean's size on that fat guy I sat next to on a plane in 1988?


Could be. . .

If a friend of yours becomes obese, you have a nearly 60% higher chance of sliding into this category as well, according to the analysis.

Is Obesity Contagious?


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I understand that stomach ulcers have turned out to be caused, in large part, by a bacterium. I don't know exactly how that bacterium is spread, but in some sense, this means that stomach ulcers are contagious.

I also understand that recent research has been illuminating a link between obesity and intestinal bacteria; the microzoological profile of your bowels is apparently strongly correlated with your BMI. Again, this suggests that contagion is at least possible.

I don't think I will leave my house anymore.


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Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:I understand that stomach ulcers have turned out to be caused, in large part, by a bacterium. I don't know exactly how that bacterium is spread, but in some sense, this means that stomach ulcers are contagious.

Helicobacter pylori is the one most people know. Its the one those two Australian doctors found, and proved the causal link with ulcers by ingesting some deliberately. A painful way to win a Nobel prize!


I also understand that recent research has been illuminating a link between obesity and intestinal bacteria; the microzoological profile of your bowels is apparently strongly correlated with your BMI. Again, this suggests that contagion is at least possible.

I believe this is only possible if the intestinal bacteria you mention finds its way into your digestive track on the back of pies. Lots and lots of pies. Mmmmm....


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Paul Sturrock wrote:
Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:I understand that stomach ulcers have turned out to be caused, in large part, by a bacterium. I don't know exactly how that bacterium is spread, but in some sense, this means that stomach ulcers are contagious.

Helicobacter pylori is the one most people know. Its the one those two Australian doctors found, and proved the causal link with ulcers by ingesting some deliberately. A painful way to win a Nobel prize!

This was well studied and fully satisfies Koch's postulates highly supporting this bacterium as one likely cause for gastric and duodenal ulcers.



I also understand that recent research has been illuminating a link between obesity and intestinal bacteria; the microzoological profile of your bowels is apparently strongly correlated with your BMI. Again, this suggests that contagion is at least possible.

I believe this is only possible if the intestinal bacteria you mention finds its way into your digestive track on the back of pies. Lots and lots of pies. Mmmmm....

And current studies are intriguing but very sketchy with none satisfying Koch's postulates, and with question of association and some correlation but no strong correlation -- pie or no pie (;)). I'm not convinced on this one.

B'sides, it's all a tea-party plot anyway!
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Can I blame my jean's size on that fat guy I sat next to on a plane in 1988?

Not if it was only 1988. But if it was this century, with micro-seats in airplanes, it might be "catchy". Then again, its not clear how two fat guys can physically fit in airplane seats these days.
 
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