Eating Disorder Charity: Viral TikTok Weight Loss Drug a ‘Loaded Gun’
Weight loss using anti-diabetic injection Ozempic without a prescription has drawn the attention of eating disorder charities, who are branding it a “loaded gun”.
The self-injecting drug can be purchased online, at least in the UK, without a doctor's visit, and has become popular on social media platforms such as TikTok, with related hashtags being viewed 430 million times. Irish Mirror.
As Deanne Jade, UK charity director at the National Eating Disorders Centre, puts it, “It's like handing a loaded gun to someone with an eating disorder.”
But in the US, according to Calley Means, a whistleblower from the food and drug industry, the story behind Ozempic “is a scandal, and I think it's the biggest story in this country right now.”
In an interview with Russell Brand, Means said Ozempic “is projected to be the most expensive drug in U.S. history.
“We're on track to spend trillions of dollars on this drug. It's much cheaper to just feed kids healthy food.”
Earlier in the interview, Means said, “Just last week, they recommended that every obese and overweight person in this country over the age of 12 take a diet pill, which is a lifetime injection; The label says it has serious and unknown metabolic effects if you take it away.”
Means said he previously worked in the processed food industry, and told Brand, “Essentially, processed food companies are funding research, and the immediate strategy is to fund thousands of studies, compounding the problem.”
“To this day, elite research institutes are still doing studies questioning whether sugar causes obesity. Right? So there's a general confusion.”
And “the medical system is completely silent about it, right? The medical system isn't ringing the alarm bells about childhood diabetes: obesity.” Instead, Means adds, “they're profiting from it.
“And I think the key thing to understand is that we silo health in every institution from pharmacies to medical schools to hospitals. They make money from interventions in patients.”
In the UK, the Mirror revealed that people without diabetes can easily buy the drug online and in beauty salons, without the need for face-to-face check-ups, phone calls or appointments. Some non-diabetic users can even lie about getting their medication. The drug is available in two doses, a 0.5 mg and a 1 mg pen.
A British journalist was even able to buy both products by completing a simple online health questionnaire and falsely claiming a BMI of over 30.
Similar concerns have been raised about another antidiabetic drug, Wegovy, which will be sold for weight loss. The drug will be available through an “online prescription” that checks BMI, but there are concerns that some non-diabetic users will still be able to lie about getting the drug.
In an interview with Brand, Means concluded that “people are getting sicker” is helping “the medical industry profit” when it comes to processing information funded by members of the food industry.
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