Yet another article “linking” obesity to fast food has appeared, this time in Asia. Quoted in the story is Professor Paul Zimmet, head of a steering committee sponsored by the World Health Organization that is looking at obesity. But who’s funding Zimmet? As it turns out, one of the major funders for Zimmet’s research on diabetes and obesity is the Australian company Autogen. Autogen describes itself as “a biotechnology company located in Melbourne, Australia, with a portfolio of complementary projects addressing metabolic disease states such as obesity and diabetes.” One would have to think that they stand to profit from the so-called “obesity epidemic” scare mongering campaign currently underway. (“A bulky problem,” Mainichi Daily News, 2/29/00.)