‘RHONJ’s Jackie Goldschneider Sounds The Alarm On Ozempic
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jackie Goldschneider says the weight loss drug Ozempic is very popular among friends of hers in the Real Housewives world.
The 46-year-old reality star raised concerns about people she knows who use Ozempic, an FDA-approved prescription medication for people with type 2 diabetes.
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“I can talk about Ozempic all day. It gets me so fired up,” Jackie told Page Six. “I’m horrified by it. I’m not so much horrified by people wanting to lose weight — that has always been a universal thing — but I’m very very scared of what will happen if and when people have to go off this drug.”
Semaglutide, sold under the brand names Ozempic, Wegovy and Rybelsus, has recently been trending on social media because some people have used it for weight loss even though they have not been diagnosed with diabetes.
“It’s just going to be a massive number of people who gain a huge amount of weight and suddenly don’t know what to do with themselves. I’m just afraid of that day. There’s going to be a lot of people with eating disorders,” Jackie continued. “You start dropping massive amounts of weight. That’s so addicting. That’s how I spiraled into anorexia. You get addicted to this new body and to the attention that comes with it.”
Jackie shared her opinion from a place of experience and talked about her own road to recovery. “This is the first time in my life that I’ve really learned to love myself and really accept myself,” she said of recovering from her eating disorder. “I had to learn that weight has nothing to do with happiness.”
“It made my recovery harder, from a selfish standpoint, because I wanted to come back into a world where everyone around me was eating and loving food and enjoying life,” Jackie shared of how others’ abuse of the drug affected her. “I wanted to come back to that and I didn’t because a lot of people in the Housewives world are on Ozempic. A lot of my friends are in the Housewives world, so it was tough for me to come back and suddenly no one’s eating when we go out to dinner.”
Jackie, who joined RHONJ in season nine, will now be appearing as a Friend of the main cast, losing her full-time Housewife status for season 13.
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