What's up with our ongoing cultural fascination with consuming parasites for weight loss?
Legend claims women used to maintain slender figures by ingesting diet pills made from tapeworms.
There are a few different kinds of tapeworms, but it’s the beef tapeworm, or Taenia saginata, that is usually used in these sorts of quick weight-loss schemes...
From horrifying foot-binding practices in Imperial China to life-threatening surgeries in modernity, humanity has been finding harmful ways to modify the body since the dawn of civilization. The Victorians were no exception to this.
So, in conclusion, you are a serious dumbass if you consider using a tapeworm for weight loss, and a bigger one if you go through with it.
There are plenty of fad diets circulating the internet these days, ranging from low-carb diet practices, to the (probably) useless gluten-free diets. However, one diet is so dangerous, that the product it uses was banned in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration.
The motivation behind putting a parasite inside you on purpose (a depressingly common scheme) is that it will live inside your digestive tract and gobble up calories from the cheeseburgers and cake you keep eating, but saying a tapeworm will help you lose weight is like saying a knife wound in your throat will ease your sleep apnea—it might have the intended effect, but it's also a terrible, terrible idea.
So, with all the failed diet plans out there, should we head back to the future with tapeworm eggs? I’ll just say, no thanks. And so do public health experts. If you fall for this plan, I’ve got a hammer and some cookies to sell you!
Tape worm diet, sounds insane and disgusting right? Well, after this article you will understand how this diet actually works, the theories behind the results and maybe even consider a tape worm or two of your own. Or not.