This is clearly great news for anyone tackling weight issues and, when eaten as part of a healthy balanced diet, could help those who lack the willpower to not overeat fatty foods. However, the article was quick to point out that dieticians recommend not eating too much fat in the first place. Surely, if it were that easy, there would be no need for scientists to look for a cure for obesity in the first place?
I would have liked the article to refer to the addictive nature of sugary carbs (not just fat, which in moderation has an important part to play in our health) and to explain in brief how by cutting out these habit forming foods, the cycle could be broken.
The sugar/fat combination is addictive and fat creating. The more sugar you eat, the more you want. What the dieticians should be saying is cut back on fat plus sugar and refined carbohydrates and you may not need to take a seaweed pill or get your lunch from the beach.
Obviously a kelp pill would be a great weight loss tool for people who eat lots of 'bad' food. It could prove to be a panacea or sorts. However, I think people need to be given the right information. Fat isn't the main issue, it's sugar combined with fat that you need to watch. Sorry Ben and Jerry and Haagen Daz (two long term friends of mine).