Obesity

Chewing Gum that Reduces Obesity

Around 30,000 deaths are caused due to obesity in a year in England alone.This indicates a clear need to develop a treatment to tackle this problem. Several researches are being conducted in this field so as to discover a possible cure.

Latest News is that scientists are looking at whether appetite-suppressing chewing gum could be used to tackle obesity.

A team of researchers from Imperial College in London are looking at the possibility that obesity can be fought by using a kind of chewing gum.

A drug that’s currently in development is being planned to be introduced in the chewing gum.The drug is based on a natural gut hormone pancreatic polypeptide (PP), which is produced by the body to make sure eating doesn’t get out of control. The drug mimics the body’s “feeling full” response.

This hormone is produced in different quantities by different people, which explains why some people are obese and others are not. Evidence states that people who are obese have low levels of this hormone. This causes their appetite to increase.

They face an inability to resist the temptation of food and as a result experience continuous increases in weight.

Though research is still going on in this area experts continue to recommend a healthy diet and regular physical activity as the first and best step to lose weight.

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