Merrill Lynch has a research
report up on its website on how best to invest in "the emerging obesity
epidemic". Check out Table 5, "Stocks that represent the ML Obesity
Theme," all the way from Alizyme PLC through Wild Oats Markets.
"The developed world is getting older and fatter," writes analyst
Jose Rasco. "People are increasingly eating more proteins and processed
foods, leading more sedentary lives and gaining weight." The number of
obese people worldwide is projected to rise to 700 million in 2015 from 400
million in 2005. But every cloud has a silver lining: Merrill Lynch is here
to help you monetize that trend. After all, if you don’t make money from fat
people, someone else will.