Former Congressman George Santos Claims He Lost Over 100 Lbs. on Ozempic But Doctors Are Unsure

By: Lauren Fokas | Published: Jan 26, 2024

Former Congressman George Santos was removed from office after he was caught in half a dozen lies, and now, he might have a new one to add to the list.

George Santos recently told the world on X, formerly Twitter, that he lost over 100 pounds thanks to the popular drug Ozempic, but some doctors are saying this can’t possibly be true. 

Who Is George Santos?

Before diving into his most recent fabrication, it’s first important to understand who George Santos is and why his name is everywhere. 

Rep. George Santos (R-NY) talks to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol

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George Santos was elected as the Congressman for New York’s third district, Long Island, in January 2023. However, he was removed from office in December of the same year as he allegedly deceived his voters and donors and mishandled funds.

Santos’ Many Lies

According to the committee that charged Santos, he “deceived his donors, knowingly filed false campaign finance statements, and used his campaign funds to pay for personal expenses, including rent, trips, luxury items, cosmetic treatments like Botox and a subscription to the adult content site OnlyFans.”

Rep. Robert Garcia (D-CA) arrives at a press conference about Rep. George Santos with other Democratic members of the House of Representatives

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But that’s not all. Apparently, he also lied about having a brain tumor, the fact that he was of Ukranian-Jewish descent, and that his mother died in the 9/11 attacks.

Congress Removed George Santos From His Position

After the Congressional Ethics Committee released its report explaining all of Santos’ lies and illegal use of funds, his constituents in the third district of New York responded with extreme frustration.

Constituents from the district of Rep. George Santos (R-NY) demonstrate during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol

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And consequently, he was named the “Long Island Liar” and removed from his position. Additionally, Santos is now facing 23 federal charges, including lying to federal election officials, stealing campaign dollars, identity theft, and wire fraud. 

Santos’ X Post Everyone Is Talking About

Only one month after being expelled from Congress, Santos posted a personal story on X, and once again, everyone is talking about the controversial politician.

X post by George Santos explaining his weight loss thanks to Ozempic

Source: @MrSantosNY/X

In the post, Santos wrote, “Pulling back the curtain on my Ozempic experience: January of 2022 I weighed in at 358lbs. I decided I needed to change my life and engaged a Dr who put me on a Ozempic regiment. By Election Day November 2022 I weighed in at 248lbs marking a 110lbs weight loss.”

He Even Offered Photo Evidence of His Transformation

Santos continued to explain that when he stopped taking the drug, he regained 30 lbs, but he started again last week and has already lost another 7 lbs. 

X post by George Santos portraying his weight loss in photos

Source: @MrSantosNY/X

As well as encouraging his followers to fight back against obesity by using Ozempic, Santos also provided two photos of himself to show his extreme transformation. And one doctor has spoken out, claiming this post is just another lie.


Dr. Stuart Fisher Weighs In

In New York, Dr. Stuart Fisher works as an internal medicine physician, and he recently told the press that Santos’ “medical insights are not to be trusted.”

Dr. Stuart Fischer, internal medicine physician from New York

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The doctor continued, “I’m just very wary of his claims in general, he’s an unworthy source of information.”  


It’s Not Just Dr. Fisher Questioning Santos’ Weight Loss Claim

Since the public already knows that George Santos has told his fair share of lies, it’s challenging to believe anything he says.

Rep. George Santos (R-NY) is surrounded by journalists as he leaves the US Capitol after his fellow members of Congress voted to expel him from the House of Representatives on December 01, 2023

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But many are arguing that regardless of his history, the photos he used to prove his transformation do not show a 110 lb weight loss. Even to the naked eye, it’s clear that Santos is lying.


Let’s Talk About Ozempic

Another interesting aspect of this story is that George Santos claims to have used Ozempic to get his “incredible” weight loss results.

In this photo illustration, boxes of the diabetes drug Ozempic rest on a pharmacy counter

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Ozempic has been making headlines all on its own over the past year. Essentially, this drug, created by pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk, was approved by the FDA to treat diabetes, but people around the world have been using it to lose weight. 


Ozempic Does Result in Extreme Weight Loss

It’s important to note that using Ozempic is proven to result in extreme weight loss. Several celebrities have already boasted that they dropped dozens of pounds with the help of the drug.

Person standing on a digital scale

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And with endorsements from Hollywood, Ozempic has seen a 300% increase in demand since it went on the market in 2020. But now, new information has come to light about the drug.


Ozempic May Have Severe Side Effects

Within the last six months, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed around the country against Novo Nordisk regarding their drug, Ozempic. 

Two Ozempic injectors along with a tape measure

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These users claim that they experienced extreme pain, nausea, diarrhea, and even gastroparesis which can lead to surgical intervention and chronic diseases.


Why Would George Santos Lie About His Weight Loss?

The question remains: Why would George Santos lie about losing 100 lbs with Ozempic?

Rep.-elect George Santos (R-NY) watches proceedings during the fourth day of elections for Speaker of the House

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Some believe that he is simply a pathological liar who can’t help himself but tell fibs, while others speculate that he may be receiving a payout from Novo Nordisk to promote its drug, the safety of which is now in question. But either way, it seems that Santos didn’t learn his lesson when he was expelled from Congress.