You can read this online if you sign up for a free login for the NYTimes. The link is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/13/ma...7&e i=5087%0A
I finished the article yesterday and was going to post something about it. It was very interesting. Who knows - maybe some day they will be able to definitively answer the question why for some people it is much harder to lose weight than for others. I think many of us have always felt that we could eat similar amounts of food to others and gain weight anyway (I have at least). I have always thought it was mostly in my head, but then again maybe not.
One aspect the article talked about was the factor of weight becoming less of a stigma because people would look at it more like a disease. However, I don't think they mentioned the flip side which is if you can get fat(ter) from a virus, then it might turn fat people into a type of lepers? Thin people might live in fear of mixing with fat people and catching the fat virus. Of course if they could vaccinate everyone against it then that worry would be gone.