This is no joke. Shouting at me from Google News in 32-point bright blue font this AM was the following headline:
"Soon, obesity pill that rewires brain into feeling full"
The article discusses a medical research paper that has identified a population of stem cells capable of generating new appetite-regulating neurons in the brains of young and adult rodents. Now I'm not all that rodent-like last I checked (a sloth, OK and elephantine for sure, but mice and I have little in common save for an affinity for cheese). Still, if "safe" (and there might be the rub) would you take a pill and change what for many of us, is who-and-what-we are.
Ethics moment. Psycho-babble moment too. I wonder the following:
1. Would lasting weight loss, thus achieved, feel like cheating? Would others view it thusly? Does it matter what anyone else says or thinks?
2. Would we who manage to lose it on "the pill" but not so much otherwise, garner less self-esteem and accolades from others, because of the biochemical approach rather than the sweat-equity one?
3. Are the health benefits of weighing less so compelling that the methods do not matter but only the result? Would an obese Machiavelli take the pill?
4. What does it teach our kids? Think about this one. Think a lot.
5. Are you so intrigued by this that you stand in line as a volunteer for the "human field trials' that must be right around the corner?
OK, Sparkies, you and I have perspectives on this different than the population as a whole. We have/had weight to lose, but we did or are doing something about it ourselves here. Is this tantamount to a possibly-dangerous crib sheet? Is it worth it? I could blog on and on. Here is the article hyperlink:
Comments welcome. (prediction - this will be a lively blog...) Go!