Desperate to Lose

A woman in Iowa has reportedly swallowed a tapeworm…on purpose! The lady did this in an apparent attempt to lose weight. Dr. Patricia Quinlist, director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, says that, in theory, this technique could work. Tapeworms eat the food that is in a person’s digestive system, and one of the symptoms of having a tapeworm is noticeable weight loss.

Parasitic tapeworm

Parasitic tapeworm

Still, isn’t this more than a bit extreme!? Did this lady really give exercise and proper nutrition a fair chance? If drastic measures were indeed necessary, wouldn’t some type of surgery be a more logical (sane?) choice if a person was struggling to lose weight?

Where did she find a tapeworm anyway? Is there an aisle at Walmart that I haven’t discovered yet?

This seems to be an attempt to avoid any pretense of taking responsibility and practicing self-control. Many people wish that they could constantly eat and drink excessively without suffering any consequences.

Let this be a reminder to us that the Bible warns against gluttony. “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”—Proverbs 23:20-21.

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One Response to Desperate to Lose

  1. oolung says:

    Yeah, I’ve heard people do that. My comment: 1. as you said – just WHERE do they take the tapeworms from? 2. Yuuuuuck… 🙂

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