The Secret of Feeling Full

A natural hormone turns out to be a powerful appetite suppressant. Could it lead to safe new anti-obesity drugs?

It sounds like a weight watcher's dream come true: a simple hormone, long thought to play an obscure function in the pancreas, turns out instead to be a powerful appetite suppressant--the body's way of telling the brain it's time to push the plate away. If a pharmaceutical company could put it in a pill and sell it at the drugstore, you might, just might, never again have to count calories or wrestle with your willpower. Just pop one of these things before a meal, and your stomach says--entirely on its own--"No, thank you, I've had quite enough."

The scientific name for...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!