Mama June Shannon Reveals She’s Starting Weight Loss Injections: 'I Have Packed on About 130 Lbs.'

The reality star said she will be documenting her journey taking semaglutide weight-loss injections

<p>Desiree Navarro/Getty</p> Mama June Shannon in June 2018

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Mama June Shannon in June 2018

Mama June Shannon is the latest celebrity to try the popular weight-loss injections.

On April 16, the 44-year-old reality star posted a video on Instagram revealing that she’s taking semaglutide, an FDA-approved prescription medication for people with type 2 diabetes and chronic obesity.

Semaglutide — known by brand names Ozempic and Wegovy — works in the brain to impact satiety. Over the past year, it has become increasingly popular for weight loss, both in and out of Hollywood.

Mama June said she decided to take the drug after struggling with weight fluctuations over the past year.

“As you know, back in May 2015, I had gastric sleeve surgery. I used to weigh 550 lbs. and on my own, I went from 550 lbs. to 311 lbs. on the day I had my surgery. And in six weeks, I went from 311 all the way down to 195,” she began. “Since then, I kinda kept off the weight. I stayed at like 130, 140, 150 lbs.”

“But I have noticed over the last year and a half that I’ve really put on weight,” she admitted.

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Mama June explained that she gained a lot of weight due to the stress of being a caregiver during her daughter Anna "Chickadee" Cardwell’s stage 4 cancer battle before she died in December 2023.

The Mama June: Family Crisis star said she was constantly eating out and wasn’t focused on her own health. “I have packed on about 120, 130 lbs.,” she said.

After unsuccessfully trying to lose weight on her own, Mama June said she contacted her doctor about semaglutide. She said she’s seen people all over social media using drugs like Ozempic and Mounjaro.

“I decided to go with semaglutide a couple months ago through my main doctor,” she said, urging people to be safe and talk to their primary care physician before taking the medication.

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In the clip, Mama June stepped back and showed off her physique, vowing to post weekly updates about her progress as she takes the injections. She even filmed her husband Justin Shroud giving her the first injection.

“Come along with me as I go through this journey,” Mama June captioned the post. “I know a lot of y’all are on similar journeys so let’s do it together. Tell me what your experiences are, pros and cons and everything. I will be updating every week how things are going as I know I’m not the only person that has struggled since having bariatric surgery.”

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