By Adam S. Levy for Dailymail.com

07:01 04 Jul 2024, updated 07:01 04 Jul 2024



My Big Fat Fabulous Life star Whitney Way Thore says many people have asked her if she would use Ozempic as the drug has become increasingly popular, with speculation that it has helped her lose weight.

Thore, 40, told Us Weekly on Tuesday, “With the Olympic craze and all that stuff, I got a lot of questions.

“It’s funny, at the same time people are saying I must have had weight loss surgery. And then other people are like, ‘She didn’t lose a pound.'”

The TLC personality, who has lost about 100 pounds, wouldn’t say whether she would use the medication.

“I’m not saying I wouldn’t necessarily do that, I don’t know,” the Greensboro, North Carolina, native told reporters while promoting the series’ 12th season, which premiered in January 2015.

My Big Fat Fabulous Life star Whitney Way Thore, 40, says many people have asked her if she uses Ozempic, amid speculation that it has helped her lose weight
The TLC personality spoke on the topic amid the drug’s growing popularity

Thore, who has more than 1.3 million followers on Instagram, told Ozempic: “It’s not something I’ve really thought about or felt the medical necessity for, but it’s also not something I would say, ‘I would never do that.'”

Thore said that while opinions on Ozempic remain “nuanced within the body-positive community,” she doesn’t have strong opinions on the topic herself.

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“I don’t have a hard and fast opinion on it personally,” Thore said. “I think people have the right to do what they want with their own bodies.”

Thore told the newspaper that she is reserving judgment on the subject as long as it doesn’t involve what others want to do with it.

“And as a fat person who has been fat my entire adult life, I would never shame or criticize another fat person for choosing to do something to make their life easier,” she said.

Thore explained the details of her weight loss journey in the store, saying she lost 50 pounds “years ago” and another 50 pounds after her mother Barbara “Babs” Thore passed away in December 2022 at the age of 76.

She said the speculation on social media about her weight loss program doesn’t represent “a big change” from the status quo: “What it shows is that people on the internet see what they want to see and project themselves onto you.

‘I could post something today and half the comments would be like, ‘Oh my god, you’re skinny; you’re literally skinny now,’ even though I weigh almost 300 pounds. And then the other half of the comments would be like, ‘Oh my god, she’s the biggest she’s ever been.”

The TLC personality, who has lost about 100 pounds, was photographed in 2021

Thore was reluctant about whether she would use the medication

Thore told the newspaper that she hates it when people comment on her appearance, “because it’s literally what people want to see that day, that time, that picture.”

‘People say to me all the time, “Oh, you’ve lost more weight.” And I say, “No, I haven’t. I weigh myself every day. I can tell you exactly what I’ve weighed (at) every point in my entire life.”‘

Thore said that while she’s not “actively trying to lose weight,” she does weigh herself every day to monitor her symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

“I follow it based on that,” Thore said. “It’s just a habit, really, (and) it’s not for any particular reason. It doesn’t make me feel any particular way.”

Thore spoke candidly about the pros and cons of starring in the long-running reality series.

“There are so many positive things that you experience when you’re on the show,” she said, “unfortunately they’re often overshadowed by the really scary, difficult, negative things.”

“I know that My Big Fat Fabulous Life has changed people’s lives all over the world, and it’s a gift to people… I can’t imagine taking that away just because people love the internet.”

Thore said that while she’s not “actively trying to lose weight,” she weighs herself every day to monitor her symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Thore promoted the 12th season of the series, which first aired in January 2015

She said she loves the show and “what it has done for people” and “body positivity.”

“So even though it’s very difficult, I wouldn’t change it.”

The new season of My Big Fat Fabulous Life debuts July 9 at 9pm ET on TLC and Max and will stream the day of broadcast on discovery+.