Fat Cats, Thin Mice (1997)

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An investigation into the problem of obesity in Britain, where one in seven of the population are clinically obese. Follows the progress of a 23-stone woman who, after a life-time of failed diets, opted for surgery to staple her stomach. Considers whether science can provide a "magic bullet" to weight loss and reports on latest advances and their dangers, including Olestra: promoted as a less caloric fat, early trials of which showed side effects such as "anal leakage", Dexfenfluramine: a drug approved in America for treating clinical obesity but sometimes sold to those not seriously overweight, and Leptin: a hormone which, when injected into obese mice in a US trial caused them to shed half their weight. Doctors are concerned that high levels of the last named could cause diabetes.

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