Semaglutide: will weight-loss drugs solve the obesity crisis?

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Semaglutide is the active ingredient in diabetes drug Ozempic and weight-loss drug Wegovy - both of which have made headlines for their effectiveness helping people lose weight. But their widespread use may make diet and lifestyle medicine more needed than ever.

Dr Natascha Van Zyl talks about the use of Semaglutide, its side effects and the considerations for a long-term approach to sustained weight loss.

Period18 Dec 2023

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  • TitleSemaglutide: will weight-loss drugs solve the obesity crisis?
    Media name/outletInstitute for Optimum Nutrition
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date18/12/23
    DescriptionSemaglutide is the active ingredient in diabetes drug Ozempic and weight-loss drug Wegovy - both of which have made headlines for their effectiveness helping people lose weight. But their widespread use may make diet and lifestyle medicine more needed than ever. Hatty Willmoth writes.

    Ozempic, Wegovy and other weight-loss medications are arguably the biggest health story of 2023: drugs that might solve the obesity crisis now available on the NHS.
    Semaglutide, the active ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy, is apparently ubiquitous in the celebrity world and apparently lifesaving for those for whom it has been developed.
    With Mounjaro on the way in 2024 – a similar drug, using tirzepatide, that’s supposedly even more powerful – a revolution seems underway, one where obesity has been conquered by pharmaceuticals once and for all.
    But it might not be that simple. And, as these drugs become more widespread, nutrition and lifestyle specialists may be more needed than ever.

    In this article, Dr Natascha Van Zyl talks about the use of Semaglutide, its side effects and the considerations for a long-term approach to sustained weight loss.
    Producer/AuthorHatty Willmoth
    URLhttps://www.ion.ac.uk/news/semaglutide
    PersonsTasch Van Zyl

Keywords

  • Semaglutide
  • Obesity
  • Medication
  • Lifestyle
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Nutrition
  • Intervention
  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Health
  • Weight stigma
  • Food quality