Ethical weight loss

Introducing a feature article on the stimulation of energy burning brown fat in overweight adults, and a news report on the development of a drug which reduces the amount of fat absorbed by the body, a recent editorial in New Scientist claims that the traditional remedy for expanding waistlines – eat less and exercise more – is not working.

The remedy isn’t working as people are failing to reduce their food intake and move around more. They may talk and write a great deal – from a sedentary position, naturally – about the benefits of doing so, but that seems to be as far as it goes. It’s little wonder that solutions are being sought in the form of wonder drugs and hormone therapies.

Ethical solutions? I don’t think so. Humans are such fickle creatures.