Weighing the consequences: Chinese women go to extreme lengths for weight loss

January 5th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply

Within an economic climate where jobs are difficult to come by, many job-seekers are going above and beyond in hopes to secure that dream job. Some are even putting their health at risk. In the Xiamen area of China, newly graduated female students are ingesting roundworm eggs in order to lose weight and gain job interviews. Purposely infecting ones self with parasites is becoming a trend. Previously, End the Neglect featured an article about helminthic therapy which consists of deliberating infecting ones self with parasites for health purposes.

Although weight loss may occur when infected by roundworm, there are very serious adverse health consequences associated with roundworm infection. Eggs can travel from the intestine to other parts of the body such as the liver, lungs, or central nervous system and cause symptoms such as fever, coughing, enlarged liver or pneumonia. Furthermore, excess weight loss can lead to anemia. These female students are putting their health in danger by using roundworms as a measure of weight loss. Click here to read the article in its entirety.


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