Dangerous Dieting and Eating Disorders

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For some who have no time to work out, there is nothing wrong with dieting. Obesity has reached pandemic proportions. 34.9% of American adults are obese. Obesity-related diseases like cardiovascular diseases; cancer and type 2 diabetes are on the rise. It affects any age group and race. In short, obesity kills. Dieting is highly encouraged because it reduces the risk factors associated with excessive weight.

However, there is a fine line between healthy dieting and dangerous dieting. If you’re no stranger to dieting, then you might be familiar with the Atkins diet, Lemon detox, or the grapefruit diet. All these diet programs are popular because they yield results. But some extreme diets are so absurd, they could turn deadly:

The Cotton Ball Diet

The name says it all, a person on a cotton ball diet will eat nothing but cotton balls to feel full and lose weight. This is (allegedly) popular among supermodels. Some will saturate the cotton balls with orange juice to improve the taste and eat it. This diet is not just unusual, it’s extremely dangerous. The cotton fibers could accumulate in the colon and cause blockage.

The Tapeworm Diet

Just pop a pill containing hundreds of live worm eggs and you shed weight gradually. At least, that’s the idea. This diet program uses parasitic worms to lose weight. It’s popular because it allows dieters to eat what they want without gaining weight. But long-term effects of this diet includes organ damage, blockage of the digestive tract and even death. With a gut full of worms, it’s not the prettiest way to go.

The Fork Diet

The tamest of all diet fads in this list. The idea behind the fork diet is simple: eat anything that can be served and eaten with a fork. This diet eliminates fattening and unhealthy foods including meats, pastries, etc.

The Air Diet

As the name implies, you eat nothing but air! It’s revolutionary. This program is similar to pretend eating kids play. Each time a plate of food is served, dieters will pretend to eat it. Some swears by this technique. They allegedly felt full just by pretending to eat.

Five Bite Diet

The five bite diet is all about extreme portion control. If anything, this program will test your willpower to its limits. All you do is take five bites of any food you want three times per day. There are no restrictions as far as food choices go. As long as you don’t cheat, you will lose a massive amount of weight from the five bite diet.

Insect Diet

Insects are incredibly rich in protein and fiber. Protein and fiber assist in faster weight loss. The idea is to eat bugs to lose weight. You cannot eat anything else. Those who tried this diet swear by it.

The Sleeping Beauty Diet

The Sleeping Beauty Diet is another controversial but lesser known diet fad. Essentially, you have to sleep for 24 hours 7 days a week so you don’t eat. You can take sleeping pills to induce sleeping. The danger of this technique isn’t just the lack of nutrition. There’s a real danger of overdosing on sleeping pills in this diet program. You might not wake up at all.


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