Magnus Itland (itlandm) wrote,
Magnus Itland

My infection made me do it!

Craving fatty food? Blame it on childhood illness (New Scientist)
-Severe ear infections in childhood cause permanent changes to a nerve from the tongue to the brain, causing fatty foods to taste better for the rest of your life. Adults with a history of childhood ear infection have a higher body mass index and are twice as likely to be obese.

Let me add that the practice of gathering children in kindergarten etc has caused ear infections to become quite a bit more common in small children. While the discovery does not explain today's high levels of obesity, it does indicate that the future will be even fatter (unless we find some way to reverse the damage or at least prevent new cases).
Tags: health, science
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