There's the familiar saying "we are who we associate with". It's, of course, common sense that if you have Harley Riders hanging out with Harley riders, gays with gays, tattooed with tattooed, athletes with athletes, and so on, you're more likely, than not, to be like them, than not. That's the nature of humans as a species. Of course, there's always the exception, but, some trends hold true fairly well across a wide range of samples. It's a very basic statistics thing.
We socialize with those we have commonality with. That's a concept that even grade school children can understand, While someone might call me a dummy, it shouldn't be for a common sense observation backed by sound science. Oops. You're wrong. If you hang with group x, there's a high likelihood you'll have characteristics of group x. Doh! It's a total no-brainer.
SAHEM62896 saidMiasma, I could kick ya... Now we're going to get a bunch of bullshit from chuckystud... the dummy already thinks that if you hang out with people who are overweight that you will become overweight too.
I can handle being called a dummy. The cool thing about ignorant folks is that they don't understand that they are ignorant. "Ignorance is bliss, as the saying goes." They can't help it, and, I understand that. SAHEM62896 flatters me with his attention and personal attacks. I know I'm being listened to, and I know I'm making a difference, when he elevates me to his "hate" and name-calling status. I hadn't even been along, and he was lashing out and making personal attacks. Thanks for being a fan!
Whether or not there's an obesity virus, post, or pre, fat, science, and time will tell. There IS a fat gene, present in roughly 3% of morbidly obese folks.
Uclers were once thought to be caused by excess stomach acid. Later we found out, through sound science, that wasn't the case. Time will tell on this thing, too.
It was once thought that resistance training would make one "muscle bound." We know that's not the case.
For a couple of thousand years, the church cut the heads off of folks who said the world was non-flat. Science evolves. The wonderful thing about science, however, is that it has a basis in factual observation, and reproducibility.
A some point in time, man will almost certainly have a much fuller comprehension of The Human Machine. It's fascinating stuff. Unfortunately, false belief systems often discourage, obstruct, hinder, and are punitive towards good science and discovery. Nonetheless, science evolves, and our discovery of the world around us goes on.