Medicine: Capsules: Jan. 12, 1981

FAT CHANCE

Fat folks have long made the familiar claim, "My metabolism is off." Doctors have long answered that they just eat too much. Lately, though, scientists have been more willing to entertain the notion that biochemistry may indeed play a critical role in weight control. How else to explain thin people who gorge but never gain a pound and hefties who eat little? Now three researchers have announced evidence of a link between obesity and a biochemical abnormality. Drs. Jeffrey Flier, Mario De Luise and George Blackburn at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital compared blood samples taken from 28 normal adults with...

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