Mama June Shannon has insisted that she has no interest in using the ‘miracle’ weight-loss injections, Ozempic and Wegovy, after famously shedding 300lbs in 2017.
The 43-year-old reality star took fans on her weight loss journey in the series, Mama June: From Not to Hot, where she was seen going from a size 18 to size four.
After she underwent bariatric surgery, which saw part of her stomach removed as part of a sleeve gastrectomy in 2016, the TV personality has since gained weight and now averages at 241 lbs.
Speaking to DailyMail.com about whether she would like to shed pounds again with the popular ‘quick-fix’ taking Hollywood by storm, Mama June stated: ‘I don’t want to try Ozempic because, honestly, I’ve heard about so many bad side effects.
Not interested: Mama June Shannon has revealed she won’t be using fat-loss injections like Ozempic and Wegovy to lose weight
From Not to Hot: Mama June, pictured left in 2016, weighed 460 lbs before undergoing weight loss surgery in 2017 (pictured right in 2017)
‘It is using a drug that isn’t really prescribed to do that. They’re using a diabetic drug to take care of weight loss.’
The drugs, which has been used by the likes of Elon Musk, Chelsea Handler and Remi Bader, are approved to manage type II diabetes but prescribed off-label for obesity.
They have active ingredients which mimic the actions of hormones in the brain that govern appetite and feelings of fullness, which can help people cut the number of calories they consume.
In 2022, more than five million prescriptions for Ozempic, Mounjaro, Rybelsus (for another Novo drug that uses semaglutide), or Wegovy were written for weight management.
Mama June explained that using the drug for something other than what it was approved to treat made her feel uncomfortable as a recovering drug addict.
She continued: ‘No offense to people out there that are doing it, but it’s just not for me. I want to stay clean. I’m not judging anyone but it’s not for me.’
Meanwhile, the star also took time to rubbish claims that she has been gaining weight due to a bad diet, after fans had been calling her out of recent posts in which she could be seen eating junk food.
Discussing her body at present, she stated: ‘I’ve only put on back on 100 pounds and I was actually putting back on that weight before I got sober. I’ve literally been at 241 pounds for almost two years, God pretty much wants me where I’m at right now.
Transformation: The 43-year-old reality star took fans on her weight loss journey in the series, Mama June: From Not to Hot – pictured in 2017
Throwback: The star, pictured in 2015, was severely overweight before she underwent bariatric surgery, which saw part of her stomach removed as part of a sleeve gastrectomy
‘Eventually in your weight loss journey, you hit a sort of plateau and I’ve plateaued at 241. I don’t drink soda, I don’t drink tea, I don’t snack like I used to and all that. I don’t move on the scale now, front or back.’
Indeed, the reality star has been open about her weight gain as she settled into sober life after completing a stint in rehab back in February 2020.
After showcasing her weight journey in front of the TV cameras for five seasons of Mama June: From Hot to Not, the star has been happy to keep fans updated about her weight and health journey.
In recent months, concern has turned to her physical wellbeing after the star was hospitalized over severe headaches and dizziness in 2022.
Mama June, who is currently over three years sober, has since been suffering from still unidentified health issues.
After running multiple tests and scans on her, no medical professionals have been able to offer her a diagnosis.
The Road to Redemption star claimed part of the reason why doctors were yet to discover the root of the issued was down to the fact she was seemingly being judged for her previous substance abuse issues.
New chapter: The newlywed has been open about her weight gain as she settled into sober life – pictured with husband Justin Stroud, 35
Mystery: However, the star has been dealing with health issues in recent months which doctors have been unable to identify a cause for
‘We still don’t have any answers,’ June stated. ‘I’m still getting judgment from the doctors because when they look at me and I feel like I’m getting judged because of my prior issues.
‘I hate that the doctors will look at someone who has been through something in their life, like an addiction, and they think that someone can’t change.’
She continued: ‘I’m over three years straight and clean. But when I’m honest and tell people that, the doctor just looks at you like you’ve got some major disease and I don’t.
‘I just want the answers and I’m not getting them. I’m trying to get into to see the best doctors that I know back in Georgia, but it is taking some time.’
Fans will get the chance to the latest dramatic moments to take place in the life of the star and her family in the new season of Mama June: Family Crisis.
Mama June: Family Crisis airs Tuesdays on the AMC streaming service, ALLBLK.