In this first episode of The Studies Show, Tom and Stuart discuss the new wave of weight loss drugs (like semaglutide), and the weird, often irrational arguments that people make against them.
“New, effective drugs will help people lose lots of weight and this is a good thing” doesn’t sound like it should be a controversial statement, but as this episode shows, it really is.
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Stuart’s Twitter thread of anti-semaglutide articles in The Guardian
The specific Guardian article mentioned about how “body positivity has lost”
The two-year STEP 5 trial of semaglutide for obesity
Review paper on the safety and side-effects of semaglutide
One example of someone discussing the question of lean-mass loss
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