I have personally tried all sorts of fad diets and exhausted all weight loss remedies to frankly disappointing results, which is why I was ecstatic reading the latest news about the so-called “flab jab”. Because obesity is such a big problem around the world (with America, Mexico and New Zealand in the top three fattest countries) scientists have been developing the “flab jab” which has produced “promising” results in mice, losing up to 10% of their body fat in only four days! Sign me up!
The miracle injection is supposed to be going through further test results to prove its safety, but is already said to have fewer side effects and health risks than strong weight loss drugs or surgery. I think I, like others, am very sceptical about this “out-of-the-blue” phenomenon simply because it sounds too good to be true. It apparently works by targeting the hormone that slows down our metabolisms and, if I’m not mistaken, that sounds a little unsettling. Of course, everyone wants a fast weight loss remedy with minimal effort, but is it really what’s best?
Although traditional weight loss of strict dieting and going to the gym four times a week is strenuous and tiring, it does teach discipline and I personally believe that it builds character. If we succumb to an instant obesity cure could we possibly lose a sense of healthy living? Would we abuse the vaccination to allow for binge eating and laziness? Yes, it will save the UK ‘s economy around £2 billion and it could better peoples’ mental wellbeing too, but it just doesn’t sound like the healthiest thing to me. My initial impression is, like any fast remedy or cure, it sounds like it will only produce temporary results and it will probably be unsafe to use to excess.
The vaccine is being tested on pigs and dogs before it will be tested on humans and soon enough more details about the drug will be released to the press. Although I know I should be excited to try out the latest “get-thin-quick” drug, with results like that, I’m more concerned about what will come with it.
Written by Katie Parker