TikTok star Remi Bader has opened up about her previous experience using Ozempic, as the diabetes medication becomes the latest diet fad on the internet.
The 27-year-old influencer appeared on Amanda Hirsch’s latest episodeNot skinny but not fat podcast, where she talked about getting diabetes medication “before it was trendy”.
“I’m almost annoyed that it’s so trendy now, when I went on it for real trouble,” Bader, who has 2.2 million followers on TikTok, told Hirsch.
The plus-size model explained that her doctor recommended she try Ozempic shortly after it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2020 because of her problems with prediabetes, insulin resistance and weight gain.
However, the Victoria’s Secret ambassador said she has mixed feelings about Ozempic because once she stopped taking the weekly injection, her binge eating worsened.
“I went to a doctor and they said, ‘It’s 100 percent because you took Ozempic,’ because it made me think I wasn’t hungry,” she explained. “I lost some weight. I didn’t want to obsess about being on it for a long time, and I thought, ‘I bet as soon as I go I’ll be hungry again,’ and I did.
“My binge eating got so much worse, so then I blamed Ozempic,” Bader added. “I gained double weight after that.”
Ozempic is an antidiabetic drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, although some of its side effects include weight loss. Ozempic – the brand name for semaglutide – works by mimicking a hormone that regulates appetite to create the feeling of fullness.
Recently, Ozempic has been trending on social media as many celebrities are rumored to be using the diabetes medication as a quick fix for weight loss. Due to its popularity as an “off-label” diet pill, increased demand has led to a worldwide shortage of Ozempic, leaving people with diabetes who actually need the medication without it.
On TikTok, Remi Bader has gained a huge following through her candid plus-size fashion reviews. The New York-born woman recently went viral when she revealed that a Long Island ranch wouldn’t let her ride one of their horses because of her weight.
In a video posted to her TikTok account last June, Bader shared footage of the ranch with text over it, which reads, “Shoutout to Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk for letting me leave because I weigh over 240.”
“I’ve ridden horses before and never had this problem,” she wrote in the caption. “Please make this known on your boards for the future.”
She stressed in the comments that the ranch had failed to “advertise” their weight restriction and how “embarrassing” her experience there was.
“I don’t need an opinion on this,” she wrote. “It’s the fact that it wasn’t advertised and how badly it was handled. This was my experience, not yours. It was very embarrassing to be told to go alone while everyone else had to stay lol.
The TikTok star went viral again when she called out Delta Air Lines for the lack of inclusive seating for plus size passengers. In a video that Bader posted to TikTok in early 2022, the model can be seen holding on to one side of the seatbelt, but struggling to fasten the other side of the seatbelt.
“Delta. Find out!” Writing in the lyric caption to the clip, Bader added, “And no, I shouldn’t be asking for an extender. It just has to be easy! @delta.”