Could a Nanoparticle Help Americans Lose Weight?

May 03 2016

Could a Nanoparticle Help Americans Lose Weight?

May 3rd, 2016

Adding to the endless catalogue of strange, probably unpleasant things scientists have done to rodents, MIT researchers have tested a new nanoparticle that delivers anti-obesity drugs more efficiently. In the study, some mice lost 10 percent of their body weight. The drug itself apparently works by transforming white fat-storing cells into tissue that burns fat, according to Science Daily. 

The nanoparticle helps the drug build up in the fat cells, preventing it from accumulating in other parts of the body. This inhibited the development of negative side effects in the mice.

“You can get the positive effects that you’d want in terms of antiobesity but not the negative ones that sometimes occur,” Robert Langer, lead author of the study, told Science Daily.

Obviously it’s a very long way from being tested on humans and ultimately becoming FDA-approved, but it looks like American humans are in dire need of some kind of obesity-busting solution.

A new MIT study has found that child obesity continued to increase between 1999 and 2014. In a 2013-2014 sample, close to 34 percent of US children were found to be overweight; close to 25 percent of them met the criteria for obesity.

Here’s a study chart showing rates of obesity.

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