Wegovy WTF?!?

Okay, I'm baffled.

Semaglutides will certainly have many uses, but weight loss???

My very own government's website states:

Clinical trials indicate that when used alongside diet, physical activity, and behavioural support, Wegovy users can achieve up to a 15% reduction in body weight after one year.


FIFTEEN PERCENT? Anyone could do that with diet and exercise alone in a month. Okay, a few choice natural herbal supplements may be required but still, a few months easy.

And to finance this madness on the NHS? WHAT? But then, our NHS seems a bit brain-dead; example (same page)..

NICE recommend that Wegovy should be prescribed alongside diet and physical activity support for adults with a weight-related health condition – such as hypertension or cardiovascular disease and a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 35, or, exceptionally, a BMI of 30, if they meet the criteria for specialist weight management services.


They somehow believe that BMI can be accurately applied to individuals. Of course, BMI is only really useful when measuring populations; being what it was designed for.

So, for a measly 15% reduction in "bodyweight" (remember, muscle is heavier than fat), people are happily willing to risk nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, constipation, and abdominal pain.

Apparently, for most people these side-effects lessen or vanish after a few weeks of treatment (the human body can adapt to almost anything). Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is also fairly common.

Less common yet more serious side-effects include pancreatitis, gallstones and a risk for thyroid cancer. And at a cost of around £75/month to the NHS, per fattie. Surely this money could be better spent.

It's like we're living in The Hunger Games or something. A preposterous consumer-logic circuit where corporations ravage our planet to produce extra food we don't need to make us fat while other corporations get fat on our fatness.

It's okay to have another burger cuz, Wegovy. Have two, and just increase your dose.

I get that there are non-hedonistic ways to get fat, people with genuine fat-causing health issues, but even then, how is this 15%+risk worth it when nature already produces perfectly safe alternatives?1 And even without supplementation, 15% fat-loss is something most people could achieve with better nutrition and regular brisk walks2.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Surely £75 could cover a monthly one-on-one session with professional therapists/nutritionists/fitness coach/etc., or better yet, all of them.

And then maybe individuals would not only be freed from whatever habits keep them fat, but enabled to make changes for themselves instead of handing over responsibility for their well-being to some drug company.

;o)

references:
1. You would think the NHS advisers would keep up with the latest research, or maybe even read the wonderful and not that recent, "The 4-Hour Body". I guess nature has less lobbyists, and colourful pamphlets.

Or go here for details of many herbs that have better-than-15% performance for weight loss. Note: experimentation and actual effort may be required.

2. If you are unable to walk, instead imagine doing a full workout, getting really sweaty, try it.

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