Whoopi Goldberg Shares How She Used Mounjaro To Lose Weight: “I Weighed Almost 300 Pounds”

BY JO Mensah April 15, 2024 12:39 PM EDT
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In a candid discussion on The View, co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin revealed their personal experiences using the antidiabetic medication Mounjaro to aid in their weight loss journeys.

The conversation was sparked by Oprah Winfrey’s recent ABC special, “Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution,” which delved into the struggles of being overweight in the public eye.

Goldberg, known for her iconic roles in films like Sister Act, disclosed that her weight had ballooned to nearly 300 pounds during the filming of Till, attributing the gain to the steroids and medications she was taking at the time. “I will tell you I weighed almost 300 pounds when I made Till,” she admitted, shocking her co-hosts. “I had taken all those steroids. I was on all this stuff, and one of the things that has helped me drop the weight is Mounjaro. That’s what I use.”

The acclaimed actress further explained that she had never been overly concerned about her body image until she saw herself on screen.

“I always felt like me. And then I saw me, and I thought, ‘Oh, that’s a lot of me.’ And my weight has come and gone, up and down, but it has never been an issue for me because I don’t listen to what other people say about me.”

Joining Goldberg in her revelation was co-host Sunny Hostin, who admitted to gaining 40 pounds during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a concerning cholesterol level of 200. “I was horrified,” Hostin confessed.

“I love to cook and found out I love to eat. And I was horrified that I would have to come out on here. I was. And so I also took Mounjaro. And I got all these nasty emails and things.”

Hostin revealed that she received hate mail criticizing her for using a medication intended for people with diabetes, despite obesity being a legitimate medical condition that may require similar interventions. She emphasized the need for greater understanding and acceptance of weight loss medications, just as those for diabetes and cardiac issues are accepted.

Toward the end of the discussion, Goldberg underscored the importance of taking responsibility for one’s health and well-being. “You have to take responsibility for yourself and see what’s going on with your body, and there’s nothing wrong [with taking weight loss drugs]. Stuff happens, you hit a certain age, and everything falls to the ground, you know, you just pick it up, put it over the back and keep it moving,” she said.