The Tapeworm Diet
The Tapeworm Diet is a bizarre and dangerous diet trend that dates back to ancient times. It was believed that by intentionally ingesting tapeworms, individuals could lose weight without making any significant changes to their diet or exercise routine. The idea was that the tapeworm would attach itself to the intestinal wall of the host and consume the food that the host ingested, thus reducing the calorie intake of the host.
Although it may sound like a modern urban legend, the use of tapeworms as a weight-loss aid can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where it was thought that the worms would cleanse the body and improve digestion. The practice continued throughout the Middle Ages and even into the early 20th century, with some people going as far as purchasing tapeworms from shady vendors to lose weight quickly. However, it wasn’t until the 1940s that the medical community recognized the dangers of ingesting tapeworms, including infections, blockages, and even death.