From what I understand, our brains are 77 - 78% water, 10 - 12 % fat (lipids), 8% protein, 1% carbohydrates, 2% soluble organics (whatever those are), and 1% inorganic salts. Do these researchers think that they can limit fat cell formation in every part of a person's body except the brain? I don't think it's a good idea to say that people who are genetically inclined to being fat should have 10 or 20 % fewer fat cells. Do you want the portion of your brain that's composed of fat to be 10 or 20% smaller, just so you can be thin? I don't know the function of fat in the brain, but I'm sure it wouldn't be there if it wasn't necessary for brain function. I'm not willing to compromise my brain function just on the off chance that it might make me thin. My brain functions quite well just as it is (and so does my body with the number of fat cells it has).
Do they really want to mess with genetics to change how a person's body is going to be? Dumb question, of course they do, just because they can, and because they just "know" how horrible it is to be fat (for our health, of course).
The tightly regulated number of fat cells in adulthood may explain why it seems easy to gain back lost weight, Buchholz said.
If you already have more fat cells from adolescence than other people, "it's harder to become thin," Buchholz told LiveScience.
Did they ever stop to think that there's a reason the number of fat cells in our bodies is so tightly regulated? What happens if you reduce the number of fat cells? Is that going to throw other body functions out of kilter? How many other problems will this kind of thing cause, and will those problems be worse than the problems supposedly related to fat? I don't think I'm willing to risk it, and I know I wouldn't want to risk it for my children or grandchildren.