Thursday, October 15, 2009

Eat All You Want And Still Lose Weight!

Even back in the old days, there were snake oil salesman peddling no-effort weight loss remedies.

As kids, on days when we were constantly asking for something to eat, my mom used to say, "Do you have a tapeworm?"

Well, believe it or not, people (especially women) used to ingest baby tapeworms to lose weight. Yuck.

The ad above is from the late 1800s and it's real. (I'm so glad the tapeworms they were selling were "sanitized". Smileys)

Although tapeworms do absorb partly digested food that you've eaten, they also consume the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly.

A few other drawbacks...they can multiply like crazy and spread throughout the body, causing serious damage to the tissues and organs. And, adult tapeworms can grow to 30-60 feet in length and can live up to 20 years.

It's scary what some people will do to avoid eating nutritiously and exercising.

All that being said, after rereading, I think I should market this blog post as an appetite suppressant.

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