Strangest Obesity Correlation If I said to you that there is a correlation between overconsumption of food and obesity, you would not bat an eyelid. If I said to you that there is a correlation between being active as a child and being active as an adult, the reaction would be similar. What about the correlation between ear infections and obesity? Now I have your attention. University of Florida at Gainesville researchers surveyed 1300 individuals and found the following conclusion: Those who have a history of ear infections had a 100% greater chance of becoming obese that those who did not have ear infections. In 20+ years of working in the field of natural medicine and nutrition, this is the strangest correlation I have come across. Want more? Those with a history of ear infections rated foods that had a higher fat content almost 20% more pleasurable than those without. The inplication here is that ear infections may damage a taste nerve and inhibit some of the sensations of certain foods.