Humans have long been on a tumultuous journey to fight gluttony and achieve an elusively perfect figure.
What weapons we use in that battle change depending on the year and societal customs.
The history of quackery is filled with weight-loss schemes that we have either tried ourselves or laughed at.
Rub it away – purge it away – pop pills – eat only cabbage — these schemes have a past – present and no doubt a future.
So kick back – cheat on that cleanse with a cupcake and enter the Weight Loss Hall of Shame.
The tapeworm diet fad started in the 1800s.
The idea is you eat tapeworm eggs and the parasite eats your food for you.
Often the mail-order eggs were dead (or weren’t there at all).
A good thing too because an actual tapeworm infection might cause headaches – brain inflammation – seizures and dementia.
Tapeworms grow to thirty feet long – live for decades and are hermaphrodites which means they’re making more tapeworms inside you.
(Yep – you’d be hosting a tapeworm orgy!)
So. Not. Worth. It.