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.

Navigating Nutritional Pitfalls: Merging Healthy Eating with Convenience in a Bind

In today’s fast-paced world, we often find ourselves caught in situations where healthy eating takes a back seat due to time constraints or limited options. As a physician who specializes in optimal weight management, I understand the importance of maintaining a balanced diet, but even I am guilty of making bad food decisions when faced with challenging circumstances. Over the years I’ve devised some practical strategies for merging healthy eating with convenience, especially when the choices seem limited.

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.

Berberine supplement named as Nature’s Ozempic, but is it?

It seems like almost everyone is talking about Ozempic® these days (I know I am in my practice), and for good reason. I believe this medication is truly a miracle drug for people who want to lose weight (as long as they are an appropriate candidate). Since not everyone wants to go the “drug” route, of course there is chatter about a natural supplement alternative, and in this case it’s berberine.