Obesity ‘link’ to ear and tonsil infections


Friday 15th August, 2008

obesityHaving a history of severe ear or tonsil infections may increase the risk of obesity later in life, according to new scientific research.

Researchers involved in the study have discovered that infections damage taste nerves which may affect the food we choose to eat.

After five separate studies that were presented at the latest American Psychological Association’s conference, the results suggested there to be an association between ear infections or tonsillectomies and obesity.

In one study, more than 6,000 adults were questioned about their medical history of ear infections and those with moderate to severe symptoms were 62% more likely to be obese. Another project found women with impaired taste function were more likely to choose sweet and high fat foods and be classed as overweight.

UK experts suggest that other common factors may play a role in obesity particularly as tonsillectomies are frequently given to children with breathing problems such as sleep apnoea which is linked to being overweight in adults, and may be linked to weight in children.

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