Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Extreme dieting spreads, eating parasites

Hong Kong - This glamorous Asian city is known for its mouth-watering dim sum. Its high fashion. And its 100-pound-and-under women. In Asia, women want to stay skinny without exercising because muscles aren’t considered a feminine feature, says Sing Lee, director of the Hong Kong Eating Disorders Center at Chinese University.  The newest dieting fad in Hong Kong? Swallowing parasites. This radical form of weight loss has become popular enough that the Hong Kong Health Department issued a warning in February that these worms - which are sold on Chinese websites - can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and even death.  More

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