I think we can all agree that the society’s issues with weight and body image have reached rock, rock, rock bottom when women are purposefully ingesting tapeworms to shed pounds. An Iowa woman had to seek medical attention last week after purchasing a LIVE tapeworm off the internet and swallowing it. She was advised to get on anti-worm medication as soon as possible to avoid illness or possible death. The woman’s lapse in judgment prompted the Iowa Department of Public Health to issue a statement warning against using tapeworms as weight-loss aids.
“Ingesting tapeworms is extremely risky and can cause a wide range of undesirable side effects, including rare deaths. Those desiring to lose weight are advised to stick with proven weight loss methods — consuming fewer calories and increasing physical activity,” said the department’s medical director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk.
What’s more disgusting than purchasing a tapeworm on the internet and ingesting it so that it will literally suck the food out of your intestines and grow and lay eggs in there and in rare cases, give you seizures, you ask? The fact that this woman isn’t the only one who’s done it. Tyra Banks featured a segment about the trend on her show back in 2009. Dr. Quinlisk is concerned that the trend is gaining popularity, claiming that several websites have been selling tapeworms for weight loss, which officially makes it a thing.
I did a quick Google search and found a satirical site, claiming to sell them. Tapewormeggs.com says:
“Loose weight easily, play pretty good joke on friends make scientific project or medical experiments…All eggs guaranteed and fresh. Collected at Vladivostok Soviet prison camp in one liter slurry of liquid human excrement. Mature tapeworm grows to up to 10 metres. Please allow 12 weeks for delivery. Use promply on arrival by applying to salad or uncooked food. Do not refrigerate.”
Try not to laugh too hard because there are real sites that exist like this. It’s diet rehab time. [USA Today]