Some science has been undertaken that may halt the obesity crisis. This report may as well have been titled 'The human race is now completely unable to take care of itself.'
Have we become so lazy that we can't be bothered to diet, or exercise even if it means avoiding diabetes, heart disease and all the other obesity nasties? It certainly looks that way.
Some Harvard Medical School and Edinburgh University scientists believe they've found the hunger switch, the part of the brain that influences hunger. At the moment there are no drugs that prevent hunger, and that's the reason most dieters fail to stick to their diet. Feeling hungry is not much fun - but then having diabetes and heart disease isn't much fun either. I know what I'd rather have.
Tests have only been carried out in mice, and there's no evidence yet that it would work in human subjects. The brain circuit in mice called melanoncortin 4 receptor (MCR4) was altered in the unfortunate lab animals, and that influenced the amount they wanted to eat.
The researchers believe that, by targeting MCR4, they will be able to reduce our hunger for food.
I'm not sure it is necessary. Hunger isn't a pleasant sensation, but there must be other methods to manage it that don't involve interfering with our brain patterns:
Really the adult human race is like a child. It will gorge itself on chocolate until sick, unless its mother steps in and forces carrots upon it. How shocking that we can't manage our own health without scientific interference. I thought we were grown-ups!