Coughs, sneezes and a runny nose are not the worst a bad cold can do to you – it might also make you fat.
Scientists believe a virus behind the common cold could have fuelled the obesity epidemic that has swept the developed world. The culprit? A contagious bug called adenovirus 36.
Experts told the European Congress on Obesity in Sofia that eating and exercise habits haven’t changed enough to explain why people worldwide started piling on weight at around the same time.
There’s some who insist that heart attacks are caused by a similar virus. Or at least some of them.
And of course if it is all a virus then all that blather about sugar, animal fat and the rest is bollocks, isn’t it?