Animal Research Minute – Is it possible to catch obesity?
Well, Fox News reports new research with mice suggests obesity could be contagious. In studies with mice, researchers discovered when obese mice with liver disease were put in the same cage as healthy mice, the healthy mice gained weight and developed symptoms of liver disease. Scientists think microbes in the stomachs of obese mice could be to blame. The bad bacteria could be transmitted to the healthy mice, causing them to gain weight. The researchers will now investigate whether this same phenomenon could happen with people.