Weight-loss is undeniably a hot topic among individuals who are weight-conscious. Most people are constantly confronted with a variety of ways to lose weight such as proper diet, exercise, surgery, etc. But will you consider using an exotic way to get that to-die for body? Are you desperate enough to use tapeworm just to drop pounds?
Despite of its foul factors, having wiggly and creepy look, tapeworms have been sold as weight loss aids in the past. According to Grabianowski at howstuffwork.com, it was rumored in the mid 1950s that Maria Callas, an opera singer, used a tapeworm to drop pounds.
Moreover, in the late 19th and 20th century, “Sanitized Tapeworms” were advertised to help women maintain a slimmer figure. It has also been said that tapeworms have been marketed as a weight-loss product for over 100 years and despite the known health risks, campaigns about it continue and still being sold today.
However, medical experts claim that using tapeworms in reducing weight is risky. You may lose weight but you will experience nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and fatigue. Furthermore, Michael Mosley, medical journalist who swallowed three cysts from an African Cow’s tongue for a BBC documentary, argued that “having a tapeworm is certainly not a slimming device.”
Mosley also said that “the tapeworms are clever parasites, they encourage you to eat more of what they like – beer, chocolate and carbohydrates.”
“They can influence your behavior by fiddling with your gut hormones,” he added.
Whether tapeworms are effective in losing weight or not, you should not take the risks. Besides, there are other safe and clinically proven diet regimens you can consider. Why not follow an exercise routine and change your lifestyle into a healthy one? These are proven in providing long-term results and in getting that body you long for. Be sexy in a healthy way!
-KATHRYN A. ORBIGOZO
LNU, ABCOM INTERN