Are mosquitoes to blame for childhood obesity? A new Rutgers University-led study suggests that may be the case. The report is one of a few that quantify just how much misery is caused by mosquitoes – especially the Asian tiger mosquito, a particularly vicious species that has been colonizing New Jersey and 29 other states since 1985. At times, Asian tiger mosquitoes are so bad in northern Monmouth County and Trenton that the tiny pests may be keeping too many kids indoors and passive during the summer – and contributing to childhood obesity, the Rutgers report concludes…"We’re looking at the costs – not of controlling the mosquitoes, but what’s the cost of not controlling them?" said Dina Fonseca, a population geneticist and associate professor with the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology.
/ / / Scientists see mosquitoes as factor in obesity fight