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  • Effective Treatment
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  • Once Weekly dose
  • Contains Semaglutide
  • Licensed for Weight Loss
  • Effective Treatment
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  • Licensed for Weight Loss
  • Effective Treatment
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  • Support from our Team
  • Effective treatment
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  • Contains Tirzepatide
  • Once weekly dose
  • Support from our Team
  • Effective treatment
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  • Once weekly dose
  • Support from our Team
  • Effective treatment
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Weight Loss

Obesity and Weight Loss

Obesity is a complex disease, with genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors all involved.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 650 million adults were obese in 2016. This has tripled since 1975, rising in both adults and children.

A leading cause of preventable death worldwide, obesity leads to over  4 million deaths each year.

Not only that, but obesity is  responsible for 44% of diabetes cases, 23% of heart disease, and up to 41% of cancers.

In this article, we’ll explore the causes and consequences of obesity, how it's measured, and the different weight loss medications available.

Defining Obesity: Beyond the Scale

Obesity is defined as having extra body fat. Medically, it’s defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.

BMI is the most common measurement of obesity, calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters squared.

However, BMI isn’t always an accurate measure of body fat. People who are more muscular may have a high BMI but not be obese, such as professional athletes.

Waist circumference is a more accurate measurement of obesity. It's measured at the narrowest point between the bottom of the ribcage and the top of the hip bone. Values are gender-specific: 94cm or more in men and 80cm or more in women suggest the person is at high risk of obesity-related health problems.

The Causes and Consequences of Obesity

It’s true that obesity is caused by too many calories coming in, but it's often a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.

Your genes can play a role in how likely you are to become obese. Over  50 genes are linked to an increased risk of obesity. Many control energy balance in the body, including how you store fat.

Environmental and lifestyle factors, like access to healthy food and physical activity, can also contribute to obesity.

Rarely, some medical conditions can also cause you to gain weight. For example, an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Medication for other health conditions, especially steroids, can also make weight gain worse. Make sure to talk to your GP or online doctor if you’re worried.

Obesity can lead to a range of  health problems, including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer, mental health problems, and ultimately reduced life expectancy.

Weight Loss Medication

Lifestyle changes are the number one way to lose weight. But this doesn’t work for everyone. Maybe you need a bit of extra help and weight loss surgery is too drastic?

Prescription weight loss pills, prescription weight loss injections, and off-label medications are some of the weight loss medication types available.

Prescription Weight Loss Pills

Prescription weight loss pills are a medically approved weight loss treatment. This means they have plenty of evidence to show that they work. It also means doctors have a pretty good idea of any side effects they might cause.

To be prescribed weight loss pills, your BMI usually has to be over a certain limit. If you don’t meet the BMI cut-off, you may still be able to get the treatment if you have certain medical conditions.

Often, you need to try to improve your diet and exercise routine before getting a prescription. You should keep trying to eat more healthily and exercise more whilst taking the medication.

Orlistat is the only prescription weight loss pill that’s classed as both safe and effective by the NHS.

Orlistat

Orlistat works by stopping up to a third of food from your diet from being absorbed by the body. Instead of being used for energy or stored, fat passes through you and ends up in your poo.

This can help you maintain a healthy weight but also help you lose weight.

After the first treatment, results can usually be seen after a few days. If you don’t lose weight after 3 months, it’s likely Orlistat isn’t a good weight loss medicine for you.

Common side effects  include stomach pain, pooing and farting more often, oily poo, a sudden urge to poo, and oily discharge from the back passage. Making sure to eat a low-fat diet may help improve these side effects.

Orlistat can affect how other medication is absorbed, including the contraceptive pill and Parkinson's medications like monoamine oxidase inhibitors.

For an NHS professional to prescribe Orlistat, you must have either a BMI over 30, or a BMI over 28 and another weight-related health condition.

If paying privately and using an online doctor, criteria may be less strict. But if you have kidney problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, or other serious health conditions, you might not be able to take Orlistat.

Prescription Weight Loss Injections

Given daily or weekly, this weight loss treatment is prescribed by a health provider but given at home. You’ll be trained on how to give yourself the injection and given all the equipment you need.

One treatment (Saxenda) is approved by the NHS, and another newer injection (Wegovy) will soon be widely available.

Similarly to  weight loss tablets, you usually need to have tried to change your lifestyle before being prescribed this weight loss treatment.

There are also criteria around body mass index and medical problems. Usually, you have to be severely obese to qualify. You’ll need to discuss this with your health provider before they can prescribe Saxenda.

Saxenda

Saxenda contains the active ingredient liraglutide. Liraglutide is an artificial version of a naturally occurring hormone that regulates hunger.

Injected daily, Saxenda works in the same way as natural hormones to make you feel fuller. By feeling less hungry, you may find it easier to reduce your calorie intake and achieve a healthy weight.

Around 60% of people lose 5% or more of their body weight. If you haven’t achieved this by 3 months, your health provider may recommend stopping the treatment.

You should follow a reduced-calorie diet and exercise regularly whilst taking Saxenda to help you lose weight.

Again, although Saxenda is NHS-approved, it does come with  side effects. Commonly, these include vomiting and feeling sick, headaches, stomach pains, and a reaction where you inject the medication.

More significant effects like changed enzyme levels, kidney issues, and allergic reactions are much rarer.

All of the following criteria need to apply to include Saxenda in your NHS treatment plan:

  • Body mass index of 35 or more, or 32.5 or more in South Asian, Chinese, black African or African-Caribbean individuals

  • High blood sugar

  • High risk of heart problems

For private prescriptions, there can be fewer criteria to meet. However, if you’re over 75 or breastfeeding, your health provider won’t usually prescribe treatment with Saxenda.

Speak to the friendly team at Quick Meds to check your eligibility and  start your weight loss journey today.

Wegovy

Containing the active ingredient semaglutide,  Wegovy works by suppressing your appetite, causing you to eat less food. If you're burning more calories than you're eating, you may experience significant weight loss.

Adults below 75 with a BMI over 30 are eligible for Wegovy, and those with a BMI over 27 if they have certain medical conditions.

The most common side effects are vomiting, sickness, and diarrhoea. More  serious side effects are rarer.

Wegovy is available as a weight loss treatment from Quick Meds. Start your weight loss journey today.

Off-Label Medications for Weight Loss

'Off-label’ use means that a treatment is licensed for some conditions, but not your condition.

Your prescriber will consider all the available evidence before prescribing this type of weight loss medication. No treatment is completely free of side effects and your prescriber will balance any risk of these against the benefits you may get.

Ozempic is a diabetes drug sometimes used off-label for losing weight. The active ingredient is the same as Wegovy. Now that there is a licensed product containing semaglutide available (Wegovy), and in line with national guidance, we are no longer prescribing Ozempic for weight loss. 

Diet and Exercise in Weight Loss

The NHS has some helpful resources on eating a healthy diet and planning regular  exercise. A GP can help guide you to support groups, and the exercise on the prescription scheme can help you increase your energy expenditure for free. They may also discuss weight loss surgery in certain cases.

As previously mentioned, a balanced diet and regular physical activity should always be used alongside weight loss treatments to maintain a healthy weight.

How Our Weight Loss Service Works

Quick Meds offers discreet, safe, and secure consultations with our pharmacists, prescribers, and healthcare professionals. You'll receive the best advice and treatments to help you achieve your goals.

We offer licensed treatments such as  WegovySaxendaOrlistat, and Xenical (Orlistat). Our trained healthcare professionals are also happy to discuss other popular weight loss medications.

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FAQs

Wegovyis a prescription-only medication and as such it is only available after you've had a consultation with a suitable prescriber. At Quick Meds we offer a comprehensive weight loss service which includes individually tailored advice to help achieve the best results.