Sophie Turner, the former ‘Game of Thrones star, has expressed her outrage over an advertisement promoting the controversial Hollywood diet drug Ozempic. The actress, who has been open about her struggles with an eating disorder and body image issues, was appalled to see the ads prominently displayed in a Times Square subway station.
Turner took to her Instagram Story to share a photo of the ads, originally posted by user Chelsea Vershbow, and added her own reaction: “WTF.” The original post read, “The Ozempic ads plastered across the Times Square subway station can f*** all the way off.”
Model Charli Howard first brought attention to the ads on Twitter, highlighting their problematic nature, especially from a fatphobic standpoint. She expressed concern that society might be returning to a toxic mentality and urged young women not to take drastic measures, reminding them to take care of their bodies.
Turner, now 27, faced significant challenges with body image while growing up in the spotlight. At one point, she would eat nothing but nuts, eventually seeking therapy when her weight dropped so significantly that her periods stopped. In a 2019 interview with the Sunday Times, she opened up about her struggles, recounting how calorie counting consumed her thoughts.
Now a mother of two young daughters with husband Joe Jonas, the ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ star has made the conscious decision to prioritize her mental health. She refuses to do scenes in a bikini or underwear due to the distress it caused her in the past and will not accept roles that require her to lose weight. Turner emphasizes the importance of putting her mental health first, even if it means turning down job offers.
Comedian Chelsea Handler, 48, recently admitted to trying Ozempic on the ‘Call Her Daddy’ podcast, revealing that her doctor “just hands it out to anybody.” She expressed guilt over taking a drug intended for those with major health issues.
As celebrities like Sophie Turner continue to speak out against harmful diet drugs and the toxic culture surrounding body image, it is a reminder of the importance of self-care and the dangers of succumbing to societal pressure.