Hollywood’s worst-kept secret, the drugs used by stars to remain slim
IT’S been dubbed ‘Hollywood’s worst-kept secret’ – helping celebrities keep their figures.
And both Elon Musk and Jeremy Clarkson have revealed they have also taken semaglutide for weight loss purposes.
In January, former Top Gear host Clarkson claimed Ozempic – one of its brand names – was having a ‘tremendous’ effect.
‘I can open the fridge, where there’s half a chicken and a juicy bottle of rosé, and I want neither,’ the 62-year-old wrote in the Sunday Times.
‘Of course, I’ll have to insert some balance in the future, or I’ll, you know, die. But for now it’s tremendous.’
Tesla billionaire Mr Musk has credited the drug for his recent weight loss success. In response to a question on his Twitter social media platform about his secret to looking ‘awesome, fit, ripped & healthy’ he said fasting had helped ‘and Wegovy’ – another brand name for semaglutide.
Kim Kardashian was rumoured to have used it to rapidly lose 16lb to fit into Marilyn Monroe’s iconic ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ dress at the 2022 Met Gala.
American comedian Chelsea Handler admitted to losing weight from the drug after taking it unknowingly but said she had stopped after learning it was intended for diabetics. Good Place actress Jameela Jamil described the drug as a ‘mainstream craze in Hollywood’ in a social media post blasting wealthy people for buying it without a prescription.
Although branded as two separate drugs, both Ozempic and Wegovy are made by Denmarkbased pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk.
In the US, demand has reached such heights that regulators at the Food and Drug Administration have had to add them to a shortage list.
The drugs are so popular that the stock market capitalisation of Novo Nordisk has doubled in two years to £27 billion, making it the second-most-valuable listed drugmaker in the world.
‘Fit, ripped and healthy’