Oprah, Ozempic, and the Obesity Conversation


Episode 104 | 9 April 2024

Join Alix in this special episode as she signs off for a seasonal break, returning this January recharged with more educational nutrition content.

Welcome back to the Alix Turoff Nutrition Podcast! In today’s episode, we’ll be dissecting Oprah’s recent prime-time special, “Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution,” where she leads a discussion on obesity and weight loss medications. We’ll explore the highlights of the special, the controversies, and the impact of Oprah’s influence on our culture and diet.


Some of the topics I covered in this episode include:

  • Introduction to the Episode: A brief overview of why we’re discussing Oprah’s special and its relevance to the current conversation about weight loss and obesity.

  • Oprah’s Background and History: A look into Oprah’s journey from her early life in Mississippi to becoming a media mogul and her long-standing battle with weight.

  • Oprah’s Experience with Diet and Weight: An exploration of Oprah’s public struggles with weight, including her famous “wagon of fat” episode and her involvement with Weight Watchers.

  • Controversial Guests and Episodes: A review of some of the most notable and controversial guests and episodes on Oprah’s show that have influenced public perceptions of health and wellness.

  • Background for the Ozempic Special: The context behind Oprah’s latest special, including the rise of GLP-1 medications like Ozempic and Wegovy, and the reclassification of obesity as a disease.

  • Summary of the Ozempic Special: A detailed breakdown of the special, including discussions on the science behind GLP-1 medications, personal stories of weight loss, the role of Weight Watchers, and the challenges of medication access.

  • My Big Takeaways and Final Thoughts: Personal reflections on the special, including concerns about the oversimplification of obesity treatment, the absence of discussions on eating disorders, and the need for a more holistic approach to weight management.


To learn more about weight loss medications, refer to two previous episodes of my podcast:

If you have thoughts about Oprah’s special or your own experiences with weight loss and health, we’d love to hear from you! Reach out via Instagram DM or leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.


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