Why is there a social stigma associated with drug like Ozempic for weight-loss?

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  • Medical weight loss interventions often promote and profit from obesity
  • Weight-loss drugs are a hit as they solve a medical problem that is also a cultural problem
  • It takes a weekly dose to shed pounds rather than investing weeks of time and energy
  • Slimness promotes moral discipline, creating a perception that obese individuals lack that discipline
  • These interventions express societal shame, status judgments, and biases associated with obesity
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      Seema Waghmareswaghmare
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      It’s challenging to pinpoint the last instance when a pharmaceutical product generated such widespread excitement among the general public. Perhaps the enthusiasm surrounding Fen-phen in the 1990s comes close, or the buzz surrounding Viagra and Botox in the 2000s. However, none of these reached the explosive level of enthusiasm witnessed with Ozempic.
      Research indicates a correlation between the crops subsidized by the U.S. government and the prevalence of high-sugar, high-calorie diets, contributing to the health risks of abdominal fat, weight gain, and high cholesterol among Americans. The combination of sprawling communities, car-centric lifestyles, and sedentary desk jobs poses significant challenges for many Americans to adhere to the recommended levels of physical activity. Given these circumstances, advocating for lifestyle changes to combat weight gain or prevent diabetes may be perceived as impractical or even cruel. It’s hardly surprising that the promise of near-guaranteed weight loss, often achieved rapidly, has led millions to use these drugs off-label.

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