Ozempic, Wegovy and Obesity in Adolescents: the Pros and Cons

America’s appetite (no pun intended) for weight-loss drugs is only growing.

Prescriptions for and online searches of semaglutide sold under the brands Ozempic and Wegovy have been surging in popularity for managing obesity, but that doesn’t mean they’re good for everyone. Let’s delve into the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of Ozempic in adolescent obesity management, including the proof and what to take into consideration.

Encouraging Healthy Habits: How to Motivate Your Child to Exercise

This Labor day weekend, as I suggested to my 12 year old daughter (who thinks she’s 21!), if we should go for a nice long walk by the Charles river in Boston, she just gave me the “look”. As a board-certified internal medicine physician and a mom, I understand the importance of instilling healthy habits in our children, especially during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Childhood obesity is a growing concern with roughly 19.7% affected according to the CDC, and one of the best ways to combat it is by encouraging regular physical activity. However, in today’s digital age we can’t just say get off your lazy asses, turn off your screens and get moving, we need to be less critical and more compassionate and definitely a lot more creative as to how we approach this subject.