Can a Vaccine Cure Our Country’s Obesity Problem?

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Western medicine has done it again. We live in a place where there’s a pill, cream, shot, or inhalant for virtually every disease. And now we’re on the cutting edge of the next “best” thing – the obesity vaccination.

A recent study showed promising effects of this vaccination, also known as the “flab jab” vaccine. Two groups of mice (a control group and a test group) were fed a high-fat diet. The test showed that, despite consuming the same diet, the group that received the vaccination lost weight (approximately 10% body weight) within a week.

Why do we need vaccines in the first place?

The vaccine is still a work in progress, but this whole situation leads me to ask this question: Am I the only one that thinks this is not as great as it’s chalked up to be?

So what if there’s a vaccination that would prevent us from gaining weight? Know what else prevents us from gaining weight? Eating a proper diet and exercising. Sure, it might take actually getting off the couch, but there are a slew of benefits that this vaccination simply cannot provide that living a healthy lifestyle can.

A Better Action Plan

Multiple studies have shown that exercise is good not only for physiological benefits (e.g. strength, healthy labs, and immune health), but it’s also great for mental health. Exercise improves self-esteem, keeps your mind sharp, and literally gives you a “high” (as it releases endorphins – the ‘feel good’ chemicals in your brain). But you probably have already read that somewhere…

Eating healthy foods – your veggies, fruits, lean meats, whole grains, beans, and healthy fats – replenishes your body with a plethora of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, fiber and water. All of which make you feel awesome.

A vaccine can’t do that.

Let’s get real. Working out and eating right isn’t the most fun thing in the world. But the benefits of doing it the “old fashioned” way are far better than pumping yet another chemical into your body. It’s cheaper, too.

What are your thoughts on this new vaccine?

Do you think it will be a game changer for obesity? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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Debbie spends her time at the Anytime Fitness corporate office writing and designing web content for the brand’s fabulous franchisees and staff. She has a B.S. in Dietetics, has been NASM certified in personal training, and specializes in weight loss. Her outlook on health and wellness is driven by her own 120-pound weight loss: she is a realist who doesn’t believe in diets, believes strongly in chocolate, and maintaining a healthy, sustainable balance in life. She takes a passionate interest in mental health, positive body image, and self-love. She’s an avid creator of music and mother of cats. She also can’t keep plants alive.