More teens are turning to weight loss drugs, though some experts push back

Demi Buckley initially tried to lose weight through diet and exercise, she said, but despite her efforts nothing worked. 

The 16-year-old from Saginaw, Michigan, said it was really discouraging to watch other girls do the same workouts as her. “I didn’t know what was wrong with me or why I couldn’t lose weight,” she said. 

Her mother, Deana, understood what it was like to struggle with her weight. She had bariatric surgery over 20 years ago, but didn’t lose as much weight as she needed to. It wasn’t until she started taking Mounjaro, a diabetes drug often prescribed off-label for weight loss, that she started to see results.

Those results opened Demi up to the idea of trying a weight loss drug herself.