I really have a lot of other things that I should be doing, but I can't miss this breaking news story. Orlistats is going to be available over the counter today. Orlistat is an anti-obesity drug that blocks the absorption of fat in the small intestine. Normally I am against most drugs, especially obesity drugs because it can be done with hard work and dedication. I like Orlistat because it makes the consequences of poor eating immediate. Let me explain.
So you've been taking orlistat for some time with no ill effects. You eat right and exercise and the Orlistat gives you that little boost that helps get the weight off. It's even better than the commercials. One day, you wake up late for work and you don't have time to make the usual bowl of oatmeal, but you're still hungry and know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You decide to stop at McDonalds for a sausage McMuffin with cheese. You've been doing so well on the diet, this one poor choice won't make the big of a difference.
A few hours later you are sitting in a meeting and your stomach is making some terrible noises. You're not hungry, but boy, you don't feel that great either. Then it happens, the "leakage" that they warn may be one of the side affects to Orlistat. You see, when the Orlistat blocks the fat absorption in the gut, the fat doesn't just dissapear, it still has to pass through the system. When it gets to the end of the line it is like warm Crisco and your body wasn't designed to keep that in.
This is the reason that I like this drug. Now, this person just experienced the side affects that were the direct result of a poor food choice. The next time this person drives by a McDonald's what do you think goes through their head? a) "boy, I could sure go for another sausage McMuffin with cheese, maybe I'll get two this time" or b) "Last time I had McDonald's it caused the most embarrassment that I have ever experienced, maybe I should make a better food choice".
That is why I think that Orlistat is wonderful, immediate feedback for poor eating choices. So the solution to the obesity epidemic is to force everyone to drug up on Orlistat and watch them start making better food choices. There would be no more hidding the fact that you gorged yourself on high fat snacks, everyone would know.