Removing the gene
It sounds too good to be true, but a novel approach allowing you to eat as much as you want without gaining weight, could be a reality in the near future.
When a single gene known as RCAN1 was removed in mice and they were fed, they failed to gain weight, even after gorging on high fat foods for prolonged periods.
The international team behind the study are hopeful a similar approach that inhibits this gene could be effective in humans to combat obesity and serious diseases like diabetes.
The study was led by Flinders University professor Damien Keating.
‘‘We know a lot of people struggle to lose weight or even control their weight for a number of different reasons,’’ he said.
‘‘The findings in this study could mean developing a pill which would target the function of RCAN1 and may result in weight loss.’’