People Are Stupid Before the Worms (Sorry to dispute our class discussion Andrew)


As the constant reminders of the need to trim down a little (uh hello the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show anyone?) progress, people are turning to more and more radical options to lose weight.  Eating disorders are one thing, but now people are ingesting tapeworms in order to help them lose weight.  Once they reach their target weight, and antibiotic is taken and that rids them of the parasite...supposedly.

People think that tapeworms will simply live in their stomachs and eat their food before it is digested, but what they don't realize is that tapeworms can actually travel in their bodies and attach to their brain or spinal cords, causing some serious neurological damage.

Not to mention, the tapeworm will also eat up all the nutrients your body needs to. Sure, you will be able to consume more but still lose weight, but is it really worth the risk?

Here are some other symptoms associated with this "diet":

-Abdominal pain





I'm sorry, but none of that sounds enticing. I'd rather sweat it off at the gym thank you very much.

Okay, here comes the vomit.


People are writing on these blogs actually advocating for this diet, saying that it worked for them and they achieved their desired look. I don't know about you, but no "look" would make me put my body in such danger. Now, that being said, the argument could be made that people do drastic and harmful things to their body all the time to achieve the look they want, like tanning.

I think the bigger issue here is that people are willing to try it, not that it is readily available. I don't see how this can be deemed "ethical" to allow people to infect themselves.  Then again, Botox is technically poison and people use that all the time. It does not, though, pose as many risks as ingesting a living organism, let alone a parasite that is likely to travel to other place in your body via the blood stream.

It is important to note that it is illegal in the U.S. and in most countries. One of the only places right now that offer this "treatment" is Mexico for about $1500. But who knows, it could be banned there soon too.

I am actually horrified that people do this in order to lose weight. 

What do you guys think about this extreme diet? Is it worth it?



This diet sounds beyond ridiculous. I agree with the "I'd rather sweat my butt off at the gym (which I do now)" but I also don't understand the obsession with people wanting to be so thin. Knowing that I'd never purposely ingest worms for poor self image problems(I'm sure after watching the worms video no one in SC200 would either)I don't understand how anyone could purposely harm their bodies while consuming these. What do professionals think about this? Why can't people regulate their diets and exercise hard anymore. The problem with our society is we want fast and immediate results at the easiest way possible, hence we always try to find the short way out. Sorry for preaching! Knowing that being skinny can be the death of me if a worm leaches itself onto my brain. NO WAY! Here's">">Here's a comical/serious take to the tapeworm diet and how it can further harm our bodies and how some people are seriously endorsing this diet.

I totally agree! Preach it! I may have ranted on this posted a little too, but then again it is my opinion. I am simply astonished at the lengths people will go to, especially with the vast knowledge we have of how dangerous it is.

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