Mark Wahlberg has shared his candid opinion on the current weight loss craze using Ozempic.
Even though he has gained widespread recognition for his intense exercise routine and diet, the three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards winner has revealed that he is not a fan of using diabetic medication to shed weight. With his input, he has joined the long list of celebs, including Jameela Jamil and Anthony Anderson, who have spoken against the controversial Hollywood craze.
Mark Wahlberg Refused To Judge Ozempic Users Despite His Disapproval Of Their Usage
The conversation surrounding celebrities’ usage of Ozempic to lose unwanted weight has grown in popularity. The latest person to join the topic is Wahlberg, who divulged his stand during the grand opening of Cathédrale at the Aria Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas over the weekend. Speaking exclusively to Page Six, the “I Heart Huckabees” actor stated:
“To each his own, but I encourage people to eat right and exercise. It’s much more [of] a lifestyle change. You’d be surprised what you can accomplish when you’re willing to do the work.”
The father-of-four explained that he preferred maintaining his health “the good old-fashioned way” as it was the “most sustainable” option. He also noted that going that route would give people “the longevity” they desired to keep the weight at bay.
Despite not being cool with people using Ozempic for weight loss, the “We Own the Night” star ensured its users did not feel judged by him. In his words:
“Everybody has their own path. I don’t knock anybody for making their own choices. But I prefer — and I’ve seen lots of people accomplish amazing things, ordinary people doing extraordinary things on a fitness base, and they’re now encouraging other people that look like them. That’s what I’m into.”
Aside from encouraging people to stick to the “old-fashioned” approach to shedding pounds, Wahlberg has proven that he would do anything for his family. For starters, The Blast reported at the start of the month that he disclosed that his kids were the primary reason for his family relocating from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
“I spent lots of time in L.A. pursuing my interests and my career, and now it’s time for them to pursue theirs,” the “Pain & Gain” star disclosed at the time, adding, “Everybody is thriving there; it’s been great” during a separate interview.
He disclosed wanting to give his children — Ella Rae, Brendan, Grace Margaret, and Michael — “a better life and follow and pursue their dreams.” “Whether it be my daughter as an equestrian, my son as a basketball player, my younger son as a golfer — this made much more sense for us,” the doting dad further detailed.
Anthony Anderson Reiterated That Ozempic Is For Diabetes Treatment Earlier This Year
When Anderson attended the annual Game Big Give Event in February, he ensured that he used the opportunity to touch on the Ozempic topic. The issue especially struck a nerve in the actor since he has lived with Type 2 diabetes for over two decades following his diagnosis in 2002.
Per The Blast, he declared that the Ozempic Hollywood rave was “creating a shortage” for people like him who needed the medication for their health and “not for weight loss issues.” Unfortunately for the comedian and other Type 2 diabetes patients, the drug was recently approved as Wegovy, focusing on the promotion of weight loss and treatment for obesity.
Even then, both drugs were said to be in shortage via the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website. The scarcity has tripled Anderson’s dedication to bringing awareness to the ailment. To that end, he has used his appointment as an ambassador for the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk’s “Get Real About Diabetes” campaign to get his message across the globe.
He even dedicated an episode of the hit ABC series, “Black-ish,” to a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis episode. In one of the conversations regarding his life after he got diagnosed, the Central Ohio Film Critics Association award recipient said:
“It changed my life. It slowed me down a little bit just so I could figure out what it is, what moves I needed to make next. And I wanted to know what to do to stay healthy, live with this disease, and not die from it.”