Rémi Bader is candid about her past experience with Ozempic now that she’s noticed it’s become “that trendy drug.”
The content creator and model, 27, was a guest on the latest episode of the Not skinny but not fat podcast and revealed to host Amanda Hirsch that she was a bit annoyed that the drug had become so popular recently after she had previously prescribed it for “real health issues”.
Ozempic is an FDA-approved prescription drug — taken by injection in the thigh, stomach, or arm — typically used to help lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. That’s the brand name semaglutide, which stimulates insulin production and also targets areas of the brain that regulate appetite, according to the FDA.
Recently, Ozempic has been trending on social media after TikTok users speculated that a number of celebrities have been using the drugs to lose weight, even if they don’t have diabetes or clinical obesity.
On the podcast, Bader shared that her doctor recommended she try Ozempic in 2020 shortly after FDA approval because she was pre-diabetic, insulin resistant, and gaining weight.
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However, Bader said it was not the best treatment for her, as it ultimately worsened her binge eating, which she has struggled with for years. She explained that although she was able to lose weight with the drug, when she stopped taking it, her binge eating immediately returned.
“They said I need that. And I had a lot of mixed feelings,” she said of being prescribed Ozempic. “A few months later I quit and got into bad bulimia.”
“I saw a doctor and they said, it’s 100% because I took Ozempic,” Bader continued. “It made me think I haven’t been hungry for so long, I’ve lost weight. I didn’t want to obsess over being on it long term. I was like, I bet at the second I get down I’m gonna get starved again. I did, and my bulimia got so bad. So I kind of blamed Ozempic.
Bader added that she “went back to double the weight” after stopping the drug and thinks it should really only be used for people with diabetes.
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Dr Caroline Apovian, co-director of the Center for Weight Management and Wellness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, warned that using these drugs strictly for weight loss results in less availability for “underserved” diabetic patients whose life is in danger. without the drugs.
Ozempic is listed as “currently in short supply” on the FDA website. Novo Nordisk, the maker of Ozempic, said in a statement that the shortage was caused by a recent surge in demand, as well as supply chain issues.
“The Hollywood trend is disturbing,” Apovian recently told PEOPLE. “We’re not talking about stars who need to lose 10 pounds. We’re talking about people who are dying of obesity, who are going to die of obesity.”
“You take away patients with diabetes,” she continued. “We have life-saving drugs…and the American public who really needs those drugs can’t get them.”