Not only did Kim Kardashian’s appearance at the Met Gala in 2022 astound many, but her dress was the same one that Marilyn Monroe, the legend of Hollywood, wore in 1962 when she sang Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy. Even as speculations about Ozempic circulated, the 42-year-old media personality displayed a drastic weight loss — 16 pounds in three weeks — to fit into the dress, abstaining from “carbs and sugar.”
As rumours about the “wonderful” weight-loss medication spread, a full-fledged storm broke out on TikTok. Ozempic turned into a switch you could flip to lose belly fat, and a number of celebrities adopted the easy solution. However, this injectable’s use, which was formerly limited to people with type II diabetes, has expanded to the eye of the storm of late.
How It Became a Celeb Craze
Stars who are rumoured to have experimented with Ozempic have been the subject of dramatic weight loss stories. At the 95th Academy Awards in March, Jimmy Kimmel made a pointed allusion to this when he joked, “Everyone looks so great.” I can’t help but question, “Is Ozempic right for me?” as I survey this place. Indeed, the medication has gained a lot of popularity, particularly among celebrities who use it for semaglutide, the medication’s primary ingredient. Tech tycoon Elon Musk revealed to his fans on X that his weight loss was caused by semaglutide, which is also marketed as Wegovy. When asked how he lost weight, he replied, “Fasting + Ozempic/Wegovy + no tasty food near me.”
The Kardashian-Jenners serve as the face of the Ozempic movement. After businesswoman Kris Jenner posted a video from her trip in September of last year, looking noticeably thinner than previously, fans assumed she was covertly taking medication for type II diabetes. Additionally, they were persuaded that Kylie Jenner, the beauty mogul, had tried it when she flaunted her noticeably trim figure at an awards ceremony in November. Iconic talk show host Oprah Winfrey also alluded to using medicine for weight loss. She told People, “It feels like relief, like redemption, like a gift, and not something to hide behind, because there’s a medically approved prescription for managing weight and staying healthier, in my lifetime.”
Khloé Kardashian, who has been fighting with her weight, posted pictures of herself on her 40th birthday a few weeks ago. She looked much thinner and was wearing a strapless silver dress, which sparked suspicions about her being an Olympian.
Serious Side Effects
“The prevalent adverse effects associated with semaglutide include nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, projectile/non-projectile vomiting, heart burn, lightheadedness, and poor appetite,” says Dr. Ketan Pakhale, an endo-bariatric and metabolic physician at Metabol. Serious side effects include allergic reactions, pancreatitis, kidney problems, and rare but severe complications include severe gastroparesis, or stomach paralysis. An FDA boxed warning for medullary thyroid cancer, thyroid C-cell tumours, and multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2) also applies to the medication.
‘Ozempic Face’ and ‘Ozempic Butt’
There have been reports of facial skin drooping as a result of Ozempic’s quick weight reduction. In further detail, dermatologist Dr. Stuti Khare Shukla, MD, states that this causes “a depletion of facial fat pads, sunken eyes, high cheekbones, and an overall thinner appearance.”
Similarly, the Ozempic Butt effect refers to skin sagging on the back, which is thought to be a result of semaglutide-induced rapid weight reduction.
How Ozempic Works
Patients with type II diabetes were the original patients who were prescribed Ozempic. Semaglutide, the drug’s active component, functions by imitating glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, which are released in the gastrointestinal tract after meals. GLP-1 has a function that includes increasing insulin production, which lowers blood glucose (sugar).