In a blog back in August 2012 I wrote about Nestle’s plan to develop products for the obese and the elderly.
In this Bloomberg article Nestle is reported to have said that it has identified how an enzyme in charge of regulating metabolism can be stimulated by a compound called C13, a potential first step in developing a way to mimic the fat-burning effect of exercise. The findings were published in the science journal Chemistry & Biology in July. Seems credible.
Products will be aimed at those with limited mobility due to age, diabetes or obesity. But my question is will this create as many problems as it solves?
Even the Nestle scientists say that no product would ever simply replace exercise. Exercise has so many different effects – a cognitive role and physiological function – not to mention the psycho social benefits of getting out and about.
We would’t want a product that might reduce the incentive for people to go out and do natural exercise with others.