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March 20, 2024

‘Been through so much’: Expert’s unexpected view of Ozempic movement

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Oprah Winfrey has opened up the discussion around using weight loss drugs, having fiercely defended her use of diabetes drug Ozempic to lose around 40 pounds (approximately 18 kilograms) in her new documentary.

In An Oprah Special: Shame Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution, the TV host declared, “The number one thing I hope people come away with is knowing that [obesity] is a disease, and it’s in the brain.

“When I tell you how many times I have blamed myself because … you think I’m smart enough to figure this out and then to hear all along it’s you fighting your brain.”

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Oprah Shame Blame and the Weight Loss revolution

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Now, Melbourne obesity management specialist Dr Catherine Bacus has shared why more and more people – including celebrities – are turning to the weight loss drug.

Bacus says the issue of living with excess weight is not just a physical one, but something that also affects the mental health of patients.

“They’re blaming themselves and thinking that this is just a lack of willpower,” she says.

“Some of our patients hide the fact that they’re seeking treatment for their weight from their loved ones for fear of judgement or shame, comments from friends, comments from health professionals, and even in some circles we have issues with the government underfunding, treatments for obesity as well.”

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Dr Catherine Bacus Oprah Shame Blame and the Weight Loss revolution

Bacus shared that two thirds of Australians are living with obesity, with 40-70 per cent of an individual’s weight coming down to biological factors such as appetite and hormones.

She added that she usually prescribes weight loss drugs to people with a BMI of 27 or above and those with health issues such as sleep apnoea, type two diabetes, hypertension, and more.

“They’ve tried to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. We know that that produces modest effects on weight,” said Bacus.

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“So when it’s affecting health, that’s where we can use weight loss medications to really help counteract some of those hunger hormones in the biology that’s at play.”

Bacus believes increased celebrity usage of weight loss drugs may even be a good thing for some everyday people who are thinking of using them.

“With the Oprah special, though, she brings her own personal experience, her own lived experience to that special. So there is some criticism among some people that perhaps there is some bias at play in that particular piece of production,” Bacus points out.

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But ultimately she thinks “it’s wonderful that we’re finally getting some balance in this conversation.

“Our patients have been through so much in the last couple of years with medication shortages, with, being judged and shamed about seeking treatment for their weight.

“It really helps when we understand that this condition is driven by biology, genetics and other lifestyle factors. We can start to take away the shame and blame on individuals and start treating this.”


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