As a parent, it’s important to be aware of the latest trends that could impact your family’s well-being, which is why understanding what parents should know about Ozempic for weight reduction is essential. Ozempic, a treatment for type 2 diabetes that also promotes weight loss, has become widely known due to its exposure on social media. This article will provide all the information you need to know about this potentially dangerous trend and its connection to harmful diet-related culture.
Trends in social media platforms come and go, and unfortunately, so do dieting and weight reduction trends. According to estimates provided by Allied Market Research, sales related to weight reduction are expected to reach $295.3 billion by 2027, having been valued at $192.2 billion in 2019. With an average retail price of more than one thousand dollars per month for the weekly injection, the diabetic medicine Ozempic, which was first created for treating type 2 diabetes, is currently making ground in the weight reduction area.
What exactly is an Ozempic?
Recently, there have been market shortages and back orders of Wegovy, which is a medicine that the FDA has licensed for long-term weight management. This has caused sales of Ozempic to skyrocket. Semaglutide, which is sold under the trade names Wegovy and Ozempic, is a drug that helps suppress hunger, reduces glucagon levels, and can result in a weight loss of 15–20% of one’s starting body weight. Both of these medications have been at the forefront of the weight loss conversation recently, from TikTok influencers to celebrities, and the promotion of both of these medications across social media platforms has led a large number of young people to look for a seemingly quick solution to their weight problem. Many who need the medication to treat their diabetes are experiencing difficulty obtaining it due to the growing popularity of the medicine as a weight loss aid.
According to Dr. Silvana Obici, chief of the endocrinology and metabolism section at the Stony Brook Diabetes Center and an expert in obesity and diabetes medicine, these medications must be administered under the supervision of a medical professional. Dr. Obici reminds patients that although these medications have helped to advance the treatment of diabetes and have assisted many obese patients, they also come with side effects, the most common of which are nausea and vomiting, as well as possible contradictions, such as gallbladder stones and gastrointestinal issues.
A Prevalent yet Risky Practice
If you are not working with a doctor to address either your diabetes or your obesity, Dr. Obici advises you to avoid using these medications at all costs. She encourages parents to be skeptical of doctors, to consider any potential dangers carefully, and to always keep in mind: “These are the kinds of medicines that you have to take for the rest of your life. As soon as you stop taking this medicine, you will quickly put on all of the lost weight.”
TikTok star Remi Bader has been very open about the fact that after she stopped using Ozempic, she gained back twice the amount of weight that she had lost. Other influencers have either praised the drug or been rumored to use it for their own weight loss. Remi Bader has been very open about her experience. Bader is now a champion for fashion that is accepting of people of all sizes, and she utilizes her platform to talk about the challenges she faced overcoming binge eating. On the other hand, social media can be a risky environment for our preteens and teenagers if the material they consume there lacks either context or all of the facts related to the subject matter that interests them, particularly when it contributes to the development of diet culture.
Start a conversation regarding access to this substance if your adolescent has expressed an interest in losing weight, has been talking about it, or has asked you questions about it. Determine whether or not your adolescent is having difficulties and whether or not they have any health problems that could be a contributing cause. By having open and honest conversations within the family concerning weight stigma and fatphobia, everyone can better contextualize these concerns and move the conversation beyond “the scale” to discuss lifetime healthy behaviors and feelings of self-worth.
Your family and your adolescent will be better supported throughout their lives if you gradually adjust to aspects such as nutrition and physical activity.