Half of Americans interested in using weight loss drugs

Half of Americans interested in using weight loss drugs

Most adults in the United States have heard of a new class of weight-loss drugs, including Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro, and nearly half say they would be interested in using one, according to a survey by new from KFF.

1 in 7 adults say they have never dieted for weight loss. But nearly 60% of adults who are trying to lose weight, and even a quarter of those who are not currently trying to lose weight, say they would be interested in trying a prescription weight-loss drug if it were found that it is safe and effective.

Interest was particularly high among adults who had been told by a doctor or other health care provider that they were overweight or obese in the past few years and among those who were trying to lose more than 20 pounds, according to the KFF survey .

Women were significantly more likely than men to say they were interested, with 51% of women saying they would be interested, compared to 38% of men.

More than half of adults say insurance should cover prescription weight-loss drugs for anyone who wants to lose weight, and about 80% say they should cover them for individuals who are overweight or obese, according to the KFF survey.