Weight and health go hand-in-hand. Being overweight can lead to major complications down the road, but losing weight can prove difficult for many people.
Work, responsibilities, and the cost of eating healthy sabotage the best-laid plans. For those able to stick to a diet and lose weight, the trouble becomes keeping it off.
In these instances, science may be the best medicine. A new drug has been rising in popularity to combat obesity: Wegovy. It’s helped many teenagers lose substantial weight.
The Obesity Crisis
Obesity is a rising health crisis in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control describe it as a “common, serious, and costly chronic disease of adults and children.”
A BMI, or Body Mass Index, over 30 is considered obese. A BMI of 40 or higher is labeled “severe” obesity. Many factors contribute to obesity, including lack of access to healthy eating and physical activity.
An Approved Medication To Treat Obesity
Wegovy is a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved medication used to treat people with obesity. It is recommended for those with weight-related health complications, such as diabetes and high cholesterol, and is also used to treat severe obesity.
When the drug was approved for teenagers, parents began looking into it as a way to help improve their children’s health. Kids as young as 12 can benefit from the effects of this weight-loss drug.
Looking For Alternative Solutions
Rasheeda Bush was one such parent. She and her fifteen-year-old son hoped Wegovy could help where traditional weight-loss methods failed.
“I did a lot of research and, you know, looked at the studies,” Bush told Good Morning America. “We did try dieting and exercising before. It just wasn’t happening the way that we would have liked it to happen.”
Bush started taking the newly approved drug. To her amazement, the results were transformative. In 16 months, she lost 110 pounds! Her son has been using the medication for 5 months. He, too, saw progress for the first time. Wegovy helped him lose 30 pounds since starting the drug!
“Now I don’t have second [servings], and I started eating less,” he shared.
How The Drug Works
Wegovy was invented by Novo Nordisk. It is a semaglutide injection that works by mimicking a person’s natural appetite hormones so that they consume fewer calories.
In addition to curbing appetite, Wegovy slows down digestion—making the patient feel fuller for longer. According to Wegovy.com, the drug helps people not only lose weight, but keep it off.
Studies Show It Works Wonders
The numbers don’t lie. In a 68 weeklong medical study done by the scientists at Wegovy, nearly 2000 adults were able to lose 15% of their total body weight compared to those taking the placebo. About 1 in 3 of those adults lost 20% of their total body weight.
Other People Experienced Similar Effects
Another mother-son duo began taking the medicine after hearing the rave reviews. Edward Kent and his mother, Barbara Van Eeckhout, struggled with their weight and accompanying health complications. Fifteen-year-old Edward had fatty liver disease, a condition where excess fat builds up in the liver and abnormal liver function.
Hoping for relief from these issues, both Edward and his mother started Wegovy. So far, they are experiencing positive effects. “It changed how I look at food and how I do things,” Edward said. “It’s basically just going to change my life, or it has.”
Edward’s liver function has since returned to normal. “When he went on the Wegovy,” Edward’s mother said, “his liver function test [went] back to completely normal. He’s also had to have a liver biopsy, which showed that hypertension, portal hypertension, and the liver changes that were happening from the obesity have gone almost back to normal.”
Obesity Continues To Remain a Problem in the United States
Obesity rates continue to skyrocket. The CDC reports that in the United States 1 in 5 children and adolescents are affected by this health problem.
With complications like high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, asthma, and heart disease (among others), finding a healthy way to lose weight is vital.
Drugs like Wegovy are providing major relief to young patients and changing lives for the better.
This article was produced and syndicated by TPR Teaching. Source.
Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.