• Joel Brown

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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 3 comments on These Drugs Are Changing the Fight against Obesity

  1. Some fantastic medical advancements; however, I think this is a problem best addressed at the heart of the issue. America’s obsession with sugar; yesterday, I dined at Warren Towers, where they served chicken doused in orange sugar sauce. It is no surprise we are facing an obesity epidemic when you walk into the BU convenience store and you are confronted by thousands of neon-packaged, ultra-processed junk foods (which btw are illegal in most countries for their carcinogenic properties, impossibly long shelf lives, emulsifiers etc.). BU itself needs to start this reform and make fresh produce (fruits and vegetables with micronutrients) more available and accessible than pot noodles and junk food. I know I’m just another avocado-hailing, nutrition-obsessed gym rat, but we are really being poisoned. Starbucks has infiltrated our campus!! Starbucks! Why is the chocolate-drowned frappucino more readily available than fresh eggs? How is the next generation of bright minds meant to flourish if they run on sugar and caffeine? Your physical and mental health, your ability to study are all determined by your diet. It’s not just obesity; it’s cancer rates, Type 2 diabetes, thyroid problems, anxiety, infertility– they’re all doubling, tripling. We’re all hopelessly addicted, and mega-chains are profiting :( More American Pharma isn’t the solution; it’s hella simple. Eat REAL food, educate yourselves and focus on preventing these health risks rather than fixing them with a shot of diabetes medicine, as this article suggests.

  2. It is impressive to see drugs deal with obesity. Obesity is a big problem for some of the people. It leads to a lot of health problems. People are always seeking for ways to solve this. It is a good thing to find out drugs for diabetes can also treat obesity. While it is happy to see new ways of treating obesity, there are still something need to concern. The useage of these drugs. It is important to make sure these drugs are taken by people who really need them. As the article mentioned, some of the people are using it as cosmetic weight loss. People have to be clear with the side effects of the drugs. Avoid over taking medications is also important. It is not worth to get those side effects if people are just thinking to get a cosmetic weight loss. There will be more healthy and effective way. It is important to make regulations or laws with these drugs to make sure their usage. In general, it is really happy to see the development in medical science. These findings are always exciting. People with obesity will have more choice to deal with their problem. That’s great!

  3. This is causing a serious shortage of the meds that people actually need to help regulate their blood sugar levels. My fiance has not been able to get his ozempic prescription filled for over a year now because it’s being used as a weight loss fad!

    Even with monitoring what he eats and exercising regularly, his levels still are not dropping below 300
    So how do we regulate the misuse of this drug and get it to people who really need it?

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