Khloe Kardashian has denied using the diabetes medicine Ozempic to reduce her weight.
Kardashian fans suspected that Khloe and sister Kim had used Ozempic to lose 16 pounds in time for the Met Gala, unwittingly prompting huge demand for obesity drug.
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The controversy started when Khloe exposed her abs in an Instagram post while posing for Sorbet magazine.
In response, a follower commented “The fact that she uses di[a]betic medicine to get this skinny is disturbing”.
Khloe quickly replied ‘Let’s not discredit my years of working out. I get up 5 days a week at 6am to train. Please stop with your assumptions. I guess new year still means mean people.’
Ozempic uses the active ingredient semaglutide and is produced by pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk.
A TikTok-led craze for the obesity drug had resulted in a worldwide shortage last year. The shortage left many patients with type 2 diabetes without essential medication.
Over the summer, the medicine went viral on TikTok as a treatment for people trying to lose weight, and unsubstantiated rumours that celebrities like the Kardashians were taking it for weight reduction began to circulate.
Photo credit: Khloe Kardashian Instagram