Media Tip Sheet: More Men Considering Weight Loss Drugs

June 12, 2024


Now that weight loss drugs like Wegovy have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and treat sleep apnea, more men are likely to start taking them, according to an analysis by Reuters.

Obesity rates are similar for men and women at 43% and 42%, however women are more likely to be taking these weight-loss drugs. Female patients accounted for three quarters of prescriptions for these drugs. Experts say women are more likely to seek help with weight loss and are under more social pressure to lose weight than their male counterparts.

Traditionally, men are less likely to go to the doctor and prefer to lose weight with diet and exercise changes. However that trend might change as more men learn of the health benefits associated with the drugs, experts say. 

The George Washington University has experts available to comment on weight loss using the new drugs or an exercise and diet plan. If you would like to schedule an interview, please contact Kathy Fackelman, [email protected] or Katelyn Deckelbaum, [email protected].

William Dietz, the Director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health, is available to comment on this issue. He can discuss the impact of obesity on cardiovascular health and male attitudes toward weight loss drugs versus diet and exercise plans.

Marijane Hynes is a clinical professor of medicine at GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She started the Weight Loss Clinic, which focuses on behavior changes and diabetes prevention and is committed to helping her patients lose weight as a treatment for many of their medical problems.

Todd Miller, is an associate professor of exercise and nutrition sciences and the former director of the GW Weight Management and Human Performance Lab. He can comment on men and weight loss and how to lose weight with an evidence-based diet and exercise strategy. 

Christian Nagy, a practicing cardiologist and assistant professor at the GW of Medicine and Health Sciences is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology and adult congenital heart disease. He can discuss how Wegovy can reduce heart disease.