I’ve stated previously that I think obesity will be cured by 2040. I imagine all the thin people of the future planted spud-like in their couches gawking at images of fat people from yesteryear.
Well, the future may nearly be here. The recent discovery of the MIC-1 protein, the molecule responsible for suppressing appetite and causing extreme weight loss in late stage cancer, may be the discovery that brings this about. I haven’t seen anything written about what side effects this might have, or how hard it will be to produce MIC-1 at a commercial scale however, so its not a sure thing.
Of course, that will not solve physical fitness problem. But I think that can readily be done by combining World of Warcraft and the Virtusphere. If that catches on, it will be impossible to stop some people from exercising.