Adenovirus-36 antibody status and BMI comparison among obese Missouri adolescents
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Worldwide obesity rates have skyrocketed since 1980, a phenomenon often attributed due to changes in diet and physical activity. Adenovirus-36 (Adv-36) has been implicated in the multi-factorial etiology of obesity. Adv-36 has been shown to cause obesity in animal models, and previous studies in the U.S. and internationally have found a higher prevalence of Adv-36 antibodies in obese persons compared to non-obese persons. The prevalence of the virus in overweight and normal-weight individuals has never been studied in a Missouri population.