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A Magic Bullet?


"We don't have a magic bullet and we never will," he says. "We'll still have to change our lifestyles."

According to Ravussin, fad diets and the cosmetic emphasis on thinness only complicate people's efforts to change their lifestyles. But, like other researchers in his field, Ravussin also believes science will be able to combat obesity with gene therapy or safe, effective drugs within a few decades.

Picture of healthy food n Mexico
A healthy diet based on corn and beans sustains the Mexican Pimas  

"We don't have a magic bullet and we never will," he says. "We'll still have to change our lifestyles, eat healthier diets and increase our physical activity, but we will be able to help individuals fight their genes."

"It sounds like science fiction," Ravussin adds. "but it will happen soon. I guess I sound like an idealist."

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