Whoopi Goldberg Credits Weight-Loss Drug Mounjaro for Health Turnaround Amid Struggle

Whoopi Goldberg Credits Weight-Loss Drug Mounjaro for Health Turnaround Amid Struggle

BollywoodFever, March 30: Whoopi Goldberg has shared her struggle with weight, which peaked at 300 pounds in 2021, and how the weight-loss medication Mounjaro significantly impacted her health and weight management. 

The 68-year-old co-host of The View disclosed her use of the drug during the production of the film Till, after various attempts to lose weight had failed.

Whoopi Goldberg

In a detailed conversation with Page Six, Goldberg delved deeper into her choice to use Mounjaro, highlighting the positive changes it brought not just to her weight but her overall well-being. 

She attributed her weight gain to the aftermath of taking steroids for back surgery, which adversely affected her metabolism. 

The situation escalated to the point where breathing became a challenge for her, describing Mounjaro as a crucial intervention to “jumpstart her system.”

Reflecting on her experience, Goldberg noted, “It was a lot of weight for me to be carrying, and I didn’t realize how much weight I was carrying,” emphasizing the gravity of her health scare when she struggled to breathe due to her weight.

Her revelation first came to light on The View as she defended Oprah Winfrey’s use of Ozempic, another weight management drug, acknowledging Mounjaro’s role in her own weight loss journey. “I had taken all those steroids, I was on all this stuff and one of the things that has helped me drop the weight is the Mounjaro… That’s what I use,” she remarked during the show.

Cohost Sunny Hostin also admitted to turning to Mounjaro after gaining 40 pounds during the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing her passion for cooking and eating. Hostin’s disclosure led to mixed reactions from the audience, with some accusing her of depriving diabetics of the medication. “I also took Mounjaro and I got all these nasty emails and things. [They said]: ‘You’re too skinny and… you’re taking it away from diabetics,'” she shared, highlighting the controversy surrounding the use of such medications for weight loss.

‘So there is shame when you’ve gained weight. I had never experienced that kind of shame before and what I loved about what [Oprah] said is obesity is a disease, right?’

‘What I will say is if someone has diabetes and they’re being treated for diabetes it’s fine. 

‘When someone has some sort of cardiac disease, that’s fine. They’re not shamed for it but when someone is obese, they are shamed for it.

‘I found my cholesterol went up to 200 when I gained the extra weight and I used Mounjaro and my cholesterol is 140 now. I feel better, I look better and that’s what it is about.’

During their chat, Whoopi called on people to ‘stop judging everybody’ over their appearance. 

‘Maybe that’s the key. Because, listen, when I realized how much I had put on… I [still] felt like me. And then I saw me and I thought, “Oh, that’s a lot of me,”‘ she quipped. 

‘And my weight has come and gone up and down but it’s never been an issue for me because I don’t listen to what other people say about me, so it has never been a problem. 

‘But I think it’s very hard for people to just know what a normal weight would be.’ 

In her special, Oprah said the drugs had meant she was no longer ‘constantly thinking about what the next meal is going to be.’

She said ‘for 25 years, making fun of her weight was national sport’ and that since starting the medication, she had stopped ‘obsessing’ about food.

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