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Docs Push Back on New Guidelines for Obese Kids

USPSTF says kids, teens with high BMI should get intensive counseling; critics say that's a big ask

(Newser) - A panel of US health experts is urging more aggressive moves to fight childhood obesity, including a recommendation for intensive counseling. On Tuesday, the US Preventive Services Task Force released guidelines in JAMA that suggest "comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions" for children and teens 6 years of age and older...

We Have Her to Thank, or Blame, for Calorie Counting

A profile of Lulu Hunt Peters

(Newser) - Someone had to invent the concept of counting calories as a way to lose weight, and that someone was Lulu Hunt Peters. As Michelle Stacey writes in a fascinating piece for Smithsonian , Peters had quite the science CV for a woman of her time. She graduated with an MD from...

This Ozempic Study Went So Well That It Was Stopped Early

Research finds semaglutide can cut risk of serious illness, death in those with diabetes, kidney disease

(Newser) - Semaglutide , the medication found in such brands as Ozempic and Wegovy, has become the drug of choice lately for weight loss. A new study, however, suggests it can also bring other significant benefits to users, including slashing the risk of serious kidney complications, heart problems, and even death in...

Streisand Remark to Actor About Ozempic Creates a Brouhaha

Singer asked Melissa McCarthy online if she's been taking the drug for weight loss

(Newser) - What some are saying was likely an "innocuous" comment from one celebrity friend to another took off online this week, and now both players—singer Barbra Striesand and actor Melissa McCarthy—are addressing the controversy. More on what happened:
  • Initial tweet: On Monday, Spy and Bridesmaids star McCarthy posted

Costco Jumps on the Weight-Loss Bandwagon

Warehouse retailer now offers 3-month program that could include meds like Ozempic

(Newser) - Those long lines for $1.50 hot dog meals may be shrinking , but Costco could soon see a queue starting for its newest service: weight-loss management. CBS News reports that the warehouse retailer has teamed up with health care marketplace Sesame to offer Costco members access to a program that...

Oprah Talks Weight Loss Meds, 'Fighting Your Brain'

In TV special, Winfrey reveals her own struggles: 'Making fun of my weight was national sport'

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey's newest program starts streaming Tuesday on Hulu, with one topic center stage: dropping pounds. The much-hyped An Oprah Special: Shame, Blame, and the Weight Loss Revolution aired Monday night first on ABC, with Winfrey interviewing medical experts and patients alike about their experiences with weight loss medications...

Patients Discover Going Off Ozempic Is No Easy Road

One study saw people gain back two-thirds of weight lost within a year of stopping meds

(Newser) - Patients on GLP-1 drugs like Ozempic for weight loss often gain back the pounds they shed after they stop taking them. But continuing treatment indefinitely isn't viable for many, the Wall Street Journal reports, especially as insurance companies are shifting how freely they cover leading brands Wegovy, Zepbound, and...

Oprah's Got a Big Special on Weight Loss Coming Up

Winfrey will host ABC/Hulu program on using meds to drop pounds, to the chagrin of some

(Newser) - As WeightWatchers deals with the aftermath of Oprah Winfrey's exit , the TV icon is making her next big move on the weight-loss scene. CNN reports that Winfrey will host An Oprah Special: Shame, Blame, and the Weight Loss Revolution, set to be released later this month on ABC and...

Teen's Story Shows How Childhood Obesity Is Changing

'The Cut' profiles a Missouri girl who lost 80 pounds through surgery and drugs

(Newser) - Weight-loss drugs such as the popular Ozempic are quickly changing the way people shed unwanted pounds. At the Cut , Lisa Miller takes an in-depth look at a particular aspect of all this—what it's like to be an American girl in this era. The story focuses on 15-year-old Maggie...

He Quickly Lost 40 Pounds With New Drug. Now What?
He Dropped 40 Pounds
With New Drug. Now What?
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He Dropped 40 Pounds With New Drug. Now What?

Bradley Olson writes about his experience in the 'Wall Street Journal'

(Newser) - In August, Wall Street Journal editor Bradley Olson joined the growing ranks of those taking weight-loss drugs. It worked. In an essay, he describes his 40-pound weight loss since then, which he found hard to process because it largely occurred without will power. "There are simply fewer cravings,"...

It's Forecast to Be Bestselling Drug Ever. Now, a Big Caveat
It's Forecast to Be Bestselling
Drug Ever. Now, a Big Caveat

It's Forecast to Be Bestselling Drug Ever. Now, a Big Caveat

Study results show patients who went off Zepbound for a year regained half of weight lost

(Newser) - The full results from Eli Lilly's study of its newly approved weight-loss drug Zepbound serve as a splash of cold water in the face of those who believed a few dozen weekly injections would cause pounds to melt off and stay off. The FDA approved Zepbound, with the active...

A Svelte Oprah Spills On Her 2-Year Weight-Loss Journey

69-year-old said 'aha' moment led her to incorporate a weight-loss medication

(Newser) - Since hitting The Color Purple red carpet a week ago, tongues have been wagging about Oprah Winfrey's svelte appearance. In a People cover story that's out Wednesday, the magazine describes her current frame as the culmination of "steady weight loss over the last two years" that was...

It's the 'Most Efficacious Drug Ever Approved for Obesity'

FDA approves Zepbound, new version of diabetes drug Mounjaro

(Newser) - A new version of the popular diabetes treatment Mounjaro can be sold as a weight-loss drug, US regulators announced Wednesday. NBC News reports the FDA approved Eli Lilly's Zepbound, or tirzepatide, a drug that helped dieters lose 22.5% of their body weight (or 52 pounds) in its phase...

Diabetes Drug Helped Dieters Lose Quarter of Body Weight
This Drug Is Like a 'Medical
Gastric Bypass' for Weight Loss

This Drug Is Like a 'Medical Gastric Bypass' for Weight Loss

Experts say Eli Lilly diabetes drug Mounjaro, aka tirzepatide, holds potential for treating obesity

(Newser) - The medicine in the diabetes drug Mounjaro helped people with obesity or who are overweight lose at least a quarter of their body weight, or about 60 pounds on average, when combined with intensive diet and exercise, a new study shows. By comparison, a group of people who also dieted...

Drugs Like Ozempic May Help People Stop Drinking

Researchers looking into anecdotal reports of curbed drinking, other addictive habits

(Newser) - The popular diabetes and obesity drug Ozempic appears to have an intriguing and welcome side effect in some people: It helps them curb drinking, reports NPR . In fact, researchers are looking into the possibility that this class of drug (GLP-1) might also reduce cravings for cigarettes and opioids as well—...

Popular Weight-Loss Drugs May Carry an Unexpected Risk

Anesthesiologists say patients on them may not have empty stomachs needed for unrelated surgeries

(Newser) - Patients who take blockbuster drugs like Wegovy or Ozempic for weight loss may face life-threatening complications if they need surgery or other procedures that require empty stomachs for anesthesia, per the AP . Anesthesiologists in the US and Canada say they've seen growing numbers of patients on the weight-loss drugs...

Weight-Loss Drug May Cut Heart Risks, Too
Study May Change Coverage
for Weight-Loss Drugs
new study

Study May Change Coverage for Weight-Loss Drugs

Maker of Wegovy cites heart benefits, which could pressure insurers to start covering

(Newser) - A new study suggests the popular weight-loss drug Wegovy might cut the risk of heart disease as well. If the study is confirmed—and it hasn't yet been peer-reviewed—the results could pressure insurers to start covering the pricey drug, reports the New York Times . Maker Novo Nordisk charges...

Rival's Parent Swoops In to Save Jenny Craig

Nutrisystem owner Wellful has acquired bankrupt company, will rebrand it

(Newser) - Just a couple of months ago, it seemed like the death knell had sounded for Jenny Craig, the weight loss giant that declared bankruptcy and announced it was shuttering after four decades in the industry. But in recent weeks, the Jenny Craig website shared some "big news," just...

You Can Stop Counting Calories to Lose Weight
Study: You Can Stop Counting
Calories to Lose Weight
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Study: You Can Stop Counting Calories to Lose Weight

Researchers find intermittent fasting is as effective for dropping pounds as consciously cutting calories

(Newser) - If it's easier for you to keep track of when you're eating than what you're eating, a new study may bring good news for the long haul. For research published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal , scientists wanted to see who lost more weight and...

Injectable Weight-Loss Drug May Soon Come in Pill Form
Injectable Weight-Loss Drug
May Soon Come in Pill Form

Injectable Weight-Loss Drug May Soon Come in Pill Form

Novo Nordisk wants FDA to OK pills that use same medication used in Wegovy, Ozempic

(Newser) - What if treating obesity could be as easy as popping an effective pill? That's a notion that has long fueled hope for many of the more than 40% of Americans who are considered obese—and fueled criticism by those who advocate for wider weight acceptance. Soon, it may be...

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