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bijou
02-09-2010, 01:39 PM
The city's department of health said that Chinese-language websites have been offering products containing potentially fatal parasites as a means of losing weight quickly without eating less.

The weight loss remedies use the eggs of Ascaris worms giant intestinal roundworms which grow up to 15in in length in a host's intestine and lay up to 200,000 more eggs a day inside the body.


A spokesman for Hong Kong's department of health said swallowing the parasites could cause abdominal pain and distension, vomiting, diarrhoea and malnutrition.

"Parasite infestation may also be fatal if serious complications such as intestinal, biliary tract or pancreatic duct obstruction arise," the spokesman said. "The worms may even invade such organs as the lungs.

"The infestation can be treated with medication that kills the parasite. The worms may require surgical removal if there are obstructions."

He urged people to consult doctors before dieting and said the only healthy and effective means of weight loss was to eat less and take regular exercise.

Dieting is big business in Hong Kong where obesity levels have soared because of sedentary lifestyles, fast food diets and long office hours in the workaholic city of 7 million.

Clinics and websites in the former British colony offer a bizarre variety of questionable weight loss methods including sweat-inducing body suits, fat-dissolving injections and even flammable paraffin wraps to literally burn off belly fat. link (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7195990/Hong-Kong-dieters-warned-over-swallowing-parasitic-worms.html)

That last method brings a whole new meaning to 'go for the burn'. :eek:

Gingersnap
02-09-2010, 01:49 PM
I thought that tape worm thing was an urban legend. :eek:

Apache
02-09-2010, 01:58 PM
I thought that tape worm thing was an urban legend. :eek:


Oh no, no no no....DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE LAZY!

noonwitch
02-09-2010, 02:08 PM
Let's just dip the worms in chocolate and sell them to american college-aged girls as a miracle fat cure.

Apache
02-09-2010, 02:10 PM
Let's just dip the worms in chocolate and sell them to american college-aged girls as a miracle fat cure.

You is evil :eek::p

bijou
02-09-2010, 02:19 PM
You is evil :eek::p

And soon to be very rich! :D

Jumpy
02-09-2010, 02:26 PM
What ever happened to the old fashioned ways? Like sticking your finger down your throat?? :p

Apache
02-09-2010, 02:31 PM
And soon to be very rich! :D

Do you think it's too late for a limited partership....:o

Gingersnap
02-09-2010, 02:31 PM
What ever happened to the old fashioned ways? Like sticking your finger down your throat?? :p

Can you imagine the pumbing problems caused by1 billion Chinese barfing twice a day? :eek:

Apache
02-09-2010, 02:33 PM
Can you imagine the pumbing problems caused by1 billion Chinese barfing twice a day? :eek:

....or the smell...:eek:

bijou
02-09-2010, 03:35 PM
Do you think it's too late for a limited partership....:o

Noonwitch has always struck me as a sharing sort of person, I'm sure she would do a deal. :D