With the recent talk of both Kim and Khloe Kardashian potentially using semaglutide to attain their new more-thin-than-curvy bodies, and then Mindy Kaling’s rumored experience with Ozempic, body image and body sovereignty conversations, as well as demand for these drugs by the masses, are increasing. Previously viewed by many as poster-women for a beautiful and curvy aesthetic, these celebs have inspired talk—is semaglutide for achieving weight loss safe?
Is semaglutide for achieving weight loss safe?
As NP’s, we feel that semaglutide for weight loss can be used safely and effectively if taking place under the guidance, supervision, and accountability of a healthcare provider. And that is exactly what is offered when you receive semaglutide for weight loss with VIVA Wellness. Semaglutide is not without side effects and can be dangerous in some instances, but of course that is why our NPs do careful due diligence prior to prescribing. We have created our own unique protocol to offer it in order to ensure that the client experience is as positive as possible. We assume that most celebrities are also receiving this in the care of trusted medical professionals.
Successful weight loss with semaglutide is best achieved with the guidance of medical professionals.
Whether you have an obesity diagnosis or want to lose the last few stubborn pounds that diet and exercise changes alone have not released, semaglutide may be for you. In a consultation with our Nurse Practitioners (NPs), we would go into your unique history to ensure that you and your health history create the right conditions for semaglutide use!
With the celebrity use and buzz, there have been a lot of eyebrows raised about the safety and ethics behind its use. While it’s with obvious caution that we broach this body image and body sovereignty, and there are a lot of nuances to the topic as a whole that need to be considered (honesty in the spotlight, recognizing influence, societal ideals, etc.), we acknowledge the fact that people are likely always going to want to lose weight. We are a wellness and medical weight loss clinic that uses a holistic approach to weight loss, and our NP-managed weight loss programs work with people to help them understand the root cause of their weight gain, obesity, or past struggles to lose weight.
We understand not everyone wants to lose weight. We understand that not everyone has a healthy relationship with their body, their worth, and their ideals around their image. However, these are conversations that we encourage. These are conversations that are important to have. There are health factors that cause weight gain. There are health factors caused by weight gain. There are emotional/mental factors that cause weight gain. There are emotional/mental factors that are caused by weight gain. Our NPs go into a bit more depth and share added perspective on that angle here.
There are ways to acknowledge and start a conversation with all of these items. And whether someone is in the public eye or not, we are always intrigued by and supportive of those who are willing to take action to make changes that they deem themselves privy to.
For some, weight gain and struggles with weight loss have been debilitating.
While the body positivity community, one we still very much applaud, may say there are other factors that need to be addressed, we do not feel that it’s our place to tell any one individual that they are not allowed to pursue a body that they desire to live in.
There’s an even longer theoretical conversation that takes place regarding the storage of energy (including trauma, toxins, etc.) within fat cells, so when we see someone recognize that they would like to release weight, often it is a moment of profound empowerment when they realize that the metaphorical weight of their past must go. Our team at VIVA Wellness is frequently suggesting our clients take measures to support their detox pathways — breath, bowels, sweat, and urine — because this supports the efforts of releasing toxins of all types. An easy idea for gentle, effective support of multiple detox pathways: castor oil packs!
So while it’s easy to judge those in the spotlight for the choices they make, we are simply intrigued by the human experience they are having with their bodies. Will we ever know the depths of what they go through to look a certain way due to all that comes with celebrity status? Not likely. We also have no access to their medical records, diabetes or blood sugar experience, history of eating disorders or disordered eating, mental health status, etc., so it feels unfair to make judgments without the full picture. To those who say that the rise in the popularity of the medicine for weight loss use has made it difficult to obtain by those who truly depend on it for health reasons, some of which are included below, we simply acknowledge gratitude that more has become more easily available through non-brand-name outlets so that it is accessible to more people who need it for non-weight loss and weight-loss health issues and goals alike.
Additionally, we will never know if there are other health issues that these popular celebrities are addressing, as semaglutide:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Allows the body to detox by way of fat loss
Celebrities who have either confirmed or are rumored to be using semaglutide (including under brand names Wegovy or Ozempic) for their weight loss:
- Mindy Kaling
- Rebel Wilson
- Elon Musk has admitted that in addition to fasting, he has used Wegovy (brand name of semaglutide) to shed weight.