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Old 22 August 2014, 05:35 AM
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Icon86 Pageant mom fed daughter tapeworms to make her lose weight

A pageant mom in Florida is the subject of an upcoming episode of Untold Stories of the E.R. after forcing her daughter to ingest tapeworms in order to slim down for competition.

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2014/08/...2341408633717/
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Old 22 August 2014, 09:09 AM
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Hardly sounds plausible. Especially this part:
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Having passed the parasites, the teen was then assumed to be fine. But one question remained -- how did she get the tapeworms in the first place?
Right. Oh, you had tapeworms but inexplicably and suddenly they came out of your behind. Well, you're fine now - no need to go through any treatment or anything, no - but how in the world did you get them because, hey, it couldn't be undercooked food; it's got to be something even more unlikely than the rest of this story... What? OMG! It is! Probably because it's a complete crock!
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Old 22 August 2014, 02:05 PM
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After an apparent fight between the mother and daughter, it became clear the mother bought a pill of tapeworm eggs in Mexico and forced her daughter to take it to lose weight for an upcoming pagent.
Oh, those Mexicans. They'll sell anything for a buck!

Like she couldn't have gotten that from disreputable people in the U.S.*

*Notwithstanding the fact I'm not even sure how someone would go about making a "pill of tapeworm eggs".
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Old 22 August 2014, 02:32 PM
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There is a story that the opera singer Maria Callas lost weight by deliberately infecting herself with a tapeworm and then taking a massive antibiotic dose afterwards to get rid of it. I don't know if I believe that story, but it is around, so it shows that there is precedent for this sort of thing.
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Old 22 August 2014, 02:59 PM
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Actually, no, she didn't (and there really isn't any well-evidenced precedent):
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/vanities/tapeworm.asp
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Old 22 August 2014, 04:05 PM
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Actually, no, she didn't (and there really isn't any well-evidenced precedent):
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/vanities/tapeworm.asp
By "precedent" I didn't mean actually doing it--I meant for the idea. And I said that I didn't believe it, just that the story was around and well known.
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