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    Default Fat vaccine, thoughts?

    So what are your thoughts on this new fat vaccine?

    http://m.smh.com.au/national/flab-ja...709-21ru3.html

    *Can we please stick to discussing this vaccine only in this thread, cheers.

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    I'd have it if it would help me lose weight. It almost would be too good to be true though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happy2bmum View Post
    I'd have it if it would help me lose weight. It almost would be too good to be true though.
    My thoughts exactly

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    At risk of being labelled as 'anti-vax', I'm not convinced. I dunno, for the sake of everyone out there struggling with their weight, I'd love to be proved wrong, and I'm no scientist, but you know the saying 'if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is'....

    I get a bit scared of all the mucking around we do with our bodies- but this is coming from someone who won't even take the pill coz it messes with my body's natural hormones which I don't feel could be a good thing.

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    'Flab jab' vaccine could combat obesity
    John Von Radowitz July 10, 2012

    If the vaccine passes safety trials scientists believe it could be revolutionary.

    AN OBESITY vaccine has been developed that uses the immune system to keep the body slim. The ''flab jab'' has shown promising early results in mouse studies.
    If the vaccine passes further safety trials, scientists believe it could provide a revolutionary new weapon against obesity.
    The only non-dieting options for controlling weight now are surgery and strong drugs that can have serious side effects. The vaccine works by stimulating the immune system to attack a hormone that promotes slow metabolism and weight gain.
    In tests, obese mice fed a high-fat diet showed a 10 per cent drop in body weight four days after receiving the jab. Two slightly different versions of the vaccine were studied.
    Both produced a sustained 10 per cent reduction in body weight after booster injections were administered after three weeks. The slimming effect was not seen in a matched group of 10 untreated mice.

    Lead researcher Dr Keith Haffer, from the US company Braasch Biotech in South Dakota, said: ''This study demonstrates the possibility of treating obesity with vaccination. Although further studies are necessary to discover the long-term implications of these vaccines, treatment of human obesity with vaccination could provide physicians with a drug and surgical-free option against the weight epidemic.''
    The findings were reported in the Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology.
    Meanwhile, a study of more than 9000 middle-aged Australian women has found the more hours the women worked, the more likely they were to gain weight.
    The weight gain was likely linked to the women living less healthy lifestyles, said study leader, Nicole Au, a research fellow at the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University.
    ''Working women are faced with so many different time pressures, which leaves them with less time to engage in physical activity and less time to prepare healthy meals,'' she said.
    Women who worked long hours, defined as between 41 and 48 hours, or very long hours, meaning more than 49 hours each week, were also more likely to smoke, drink at risky levels and not exercise.
    About 65 per cent of the women who worked long hours drank at risky levels, compared to 42 per cent of the women who were not in the labour force and 53 per cent who were unemployed.
    The study was published in the International Journal of Obesity.
    With AMY CORDEROY, PA


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    Could be good for those who can't lose weight. Unfortunately for some, eating healthy foods and getting exercise aren't enough to lose weight.

    But on the flip side, it doesn't help people who don't know about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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    Hmmm, it still has to pass safety trials.... And I don't know, I don't like the idea of getting my immune system to fight my hormones.

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    It would be a good alternative to surgery if it works.

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    And what does that teach people exactly? The wrong things IMO.
    Having a fast metabolism won't make them healthier. It won't make them change the important things to become healthier.

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    I can see pro's and con's. My main concern is a false sense of security and people falling into bad (or worse) habits because they've 'had the vaccine' iykwim.

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