Oprah Winfrey at the 55th NAACP Image Awards (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

In Oprah’s TV spe­cial, We­govy and Zep­bound are the stars

The Oprah ef­fect is back, and this time the celebri­ty mogul ad­dressed the stig­ma as­so­ci­at­ed with obe­si­ty and the suc­cess of GLP-1 med­i­cines in a new TV spe­cial.

Oprah Win­frey pro­duced the hour-long show on ABC on Mon­day. It took aim at the shame tied to weight and obe­si­ty, and raised fur­ther ques­tions about cov­er­age of GLP-1 med­ica­tions like No­vo Nordisk’s We­govy and Eli Lil­ly’s Zep­bound.

The show had a mix of guests, in­clud­ing pa­tients, ex­ec­u­tives from both com­pa­nies, and Weight­Watch­ers CEO Sima Sis­tani. Win­frey, who served on the board of Weight­Watch­ers un­til last month, shared her own sto­ry about be­ing mocked in the me­dia for gain­ing weight and why she chose to take one of the “so-called mir­a­cle med­ica­tions.” (She didn’t dis­close which drug she’s us­ing.)

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