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We’re developing a drug for that… 12 July 2009

Posted by The Inimitable M in Health Care, Research and the Industry.

BBC News reported this morning that new studies have shown a possible “cause” found for health risks connected to obesity.

The report states that researchers have found a link between a specific protein called pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) and the buildup of fats in the muscle and liver, which is known to contribute to type2 diabetes.  This same PEDF apparently transports fats through the blood stream, also known to increase risks of heart disease in people who are obese.

My first thought this morning was a very cynical one.  I can see the food industry and pharmaceutical companies salivating over this, ready to work together to create a phenomenon in which people gorge themselves on processed foods, take medication, and not have to worry that they’re killing themselves with their bad habits, because they won’t be.

Now, these tests have been conducted only on mice, and medications are a good five years away, but just think of it.  There’s the potential for a drug that will let people continue to eat everything their brains (and the food industry) says it wants them to eat, continue to gain weight, and they could avoid the risks of all those obesity-related diseases!

Of course, they will have to use TWO seats everywhere just to fit their fat bums, it will take them twice as long to walk – if they walk – anywhere, and small-sized cars just won’t cut it for them.  Someone else will have to tie their shoes, zip up their dresses/skirts, and pick up things off the floor for them.  If they have little children, they won’t be able to carry them anywhere they might lumber.  They’ll always need a cart, they’ll be more likely to require a Hoveround, and they’ll probably move north for the cooler weather to keep those fat cells happy.  Well, maybe not move north.  That would require some work.  They’ll probably extend the season in which they use their air conditioner, instead.

But hey.  They’re developing a drug, so there’s nothing to worry about.  What’s a little extra cost in food, utilities, special equipment, time, medication and convenience?

Sure, it makes sense.  I cannot imagine why anyone, once a drug has been developed, would want to eat healthy, get exercise, or take care of themselves.

I say go right ahead.  The rest of us will be glad for the extra space at the farmers markets and gyms, on the bike trails and tennis courts, and at the parks.  We’ll let then have the convenience and snack food aisles at the shops while we use the outer aisles.

Oh, and if they can roll that far, they should get to the ballpark and into one of the all-you-can-eat seats!  What a promotion for the concept of obesity!  Even hockey and basketball are doing it!