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Docs Slam Charles Barkley's 60-Pound Weight Loss After NBA Legend Credits Diabetes Drug to Melting Fat Away

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"First of all, it wasn’t canceled. I talk to Gayle all the time. They haven't told us we were canceled. That’s how stupid these people are," Barkley said.

Jun. 8 2023, Published 7:00 p.m. ET

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Pro basketball's onetime "Round Mound of Rebound" Charles Barkley is shedding pounds in a hurry ahead of his new CNN prime-time gig with Gayle King — but some health experts are crying foul over his choice of diet drugs, RadarOnline.com has learned.

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In a shockingly candid moment, the NBA legend confessed to an interviewer he's dropped some 60 pounds over the last six months by taking once-weekly injections of the diabetes drug Mounjaro.

The med peels away pounds by reducing appetite and slowing down digestion, making users feel fuller longer.

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"It's been amazing," marveled 6-foot-6 Barkley, who claimed he's down to 290 pounds after crushing the scales at a whopping 352. "I've been starting to feel like a human being — not a fat a-- anymore," he joked.

Barkley said his doctor scared him into doing something about his blubber by telling him, "There are a lot of fat, young people. There aren't a lot of fat, old people. They're all dead."

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The rotund Hall of Famer blames some of his weight gain on recent hip surgery slowing him down, but said he's now back on track, working out, "eating a little bit better," and getting his weekly shot in a bid to hit a target of 270 pounds.

"Man, I want to be here — I don't want to leave all my money to my freeloading-ass family!" Barkley teased.

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But critics charged 60-year-old King Charles' use of the drug is selfish because it deprives others who need it more. There's a national shortage of diabetes medications vital for people who suffer from the chronic disease.

Untreated diabetes can eventually cause a variety of devastating health woes, most notably heart disease, blindness, amputation, kidney failure, and death.

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One endocrinologist says doctors are "banging their heads against the wall" in trying to scrounge enough diabetes meds for desperate patients.

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"It's disgusting," fumed a Tinseltown source. "Diabetics are in panic right now and solely because Hollywood's elite can splurge $1,000 a month on these increasingly hard-to-come-by medications.

"They should just get to the gym to exercise and stop stuffing their faces with gut-busting gourmet food instead of taking the short, easy route!"

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