A new study out today suggests that an anti-fat shot could be just around the corner. But read on, before you inhale that Twinkie.
According to the research, which you can read in the online journal Nature, stress is playing a major role in the world's particularly America's, obesity epidemic.
As today's Washington Post reports, scientists including a researcher at UCSF, have "uncovered a biological switch by which stress can promote obesity, a discovery that could help explain the world's growing weight problem and lead to new ways to melt flab and manipulate fat for cosmetic purposes."
The study was conducted by stressing out lab rats and feeding them a junk food diet. And although I'm sure the research was performed using strict scientific methods - I would suggest that if you go to nearly any high-pressure office in America where stressed-out workers gorge on bad vending machine foods all day, you'd find the same results.
It's actually much more complicated than that. But the bottom line is that chronic stress, combined with high-fat high-sugar foods is baaaaaaadddddd. And while that doesn't sound that groundbreaking, what IS new is that the scientists think they've isolated the natural mechanism animals use to grow fat - and have tested in lab rats an injectable substance that blocks or inhibits the fat switch.
A fat vaccination? An anti-obesity shot? It's possible - and the scientists behind the study have applied for a patent to begin working with drug companies to develop this technology and begin testing on people.
Revolutionary, indeed. The magic bullet of fat fighting. But will it become yet another excuse for people NOT to change their unhealthy diets and lifestyles?
If you wanted to lose weight, would you rather get an anti-fat shot, or would you drop pounds the old fashioned way by changing your diet and exercising? Click below on "Comments" and let us know what you're thinking.