Ozempic and the history of weight loss in a pill

Publication date
Sunday, 18 Jun 2023
Cartoon of three jars filled with pills. The centre pill bottle has text that reads "Diet Pills"

The story of diet drugs is one full of miracle cures that don't live up to the hype or come with serious side effects.

And many have had big social and cultural impacts.

There's a new class of drugs being touted as a revolution in weight loss.

But will the future of diet drugs just end up looking a lot like the past?


Dr Michael Cowley: Professor of Medicine and Head of the Department of Physiology at Monash University.

Dr Samantha Hocking: clinical academic endocrinologist at the University of Sydney

Laura Dawes: author of Childhood Obesity in American: biography of an epidemic & CPAS Lecturer

Dr Danielle Ofri: primary care doctor at Bellevue Hospital in New York

Nicolas Rasmussen: author of On Speed: Benzedrine to Adderall and Fat in the Fifties: America's First Obesity Crisis 

Matthew Schneier: Features writer for New York Magazine


Listen to the podcast featuring CPAS Lecturer Dr Laura Dawes here.