Do mosquito bites make you fat?

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  1. Jay H

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    Here's a topic for a PhD dissertation if there ever was one...

    While hiking in Camdem Hill S.P. in Maine with a friend of mine, we got to talking about whether mosquito bites will make you lose or gain weight and/or make you fat. We have these really serious hypothetical discussions when we hike.

    One one hand, the mosquite is draining you of blood, which will make you weight less, however, it is also injecting a small amount of itchy stuff (See how technical we get?) while making you puff up and itch. The itching part can also help you lose weight by having dead skin cells ripped off the face of your skin.

    Our theory to see if bites make you weight more or less would entail us standing somewhere with mosquitos around, getting a weight and then hooking us up to some kind of oxygen mask so we can control the humidity and air intake. We would make sure that we do not expend any energy which can cause sweating or other evaporative means. Then after getting bit, we'd weigh ourselves again to see if we are losing or gaining weight.

    What's your opinion? I am in the opinion that we lose more than we gain, therefore we would lose weight. But then again, I may be an optimist. Plus, the constant itching is burning calories right? Of course, our experiment would have to ban any movement of any appendage at all.

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  2. Rob Gardiner

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    Wouldn't it be easier to measure the amount of blood taken by the mosquito and compare that to the dosage of itchy stuff it gives you?
     
  3. Jim_F

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    There's net loss of mass for the victim (otherwise the mosquito couldn't afford the transaction) The teensy bit of mosquito spit triggers inflammation, thus the victim supplies most of the fluid in the bump as well.
     
  4. Garrett Lundy

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    The "itchy stuff" is your bodies reaction to the pain-killing formula that the mosquito injects so you don't notice them most the time. Antibodies quickly swarm to en masse and destroy these toxins and inflammation occurs.
     
  5. Bob Graz

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    Hmmm, if mosquitos make you fat does that mean low carb diets with be replaced by deep woods off?
     
  6. Armando Zamora

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    Jay...For your study, also consider the number of mosquitos that will be involved and the volume of blood each mosquito will draw per bite?
     
  7. Chu Gai

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    Then if you get the West Nile virus you'll really lose weight. Air is thin up there, huh? [​IMG]
     

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