Fitness Friday: Funny (at least to me) Fitness Headlines
All the rage in Hong Kong, women there are eating giant intestinal roundworms in order to lose weight.
It’s called the Parasitic Worm Diet, and it is exactly what its name implies.
The good news (?): the worms are making women thinner.
Duh, there’s a 40 centimeter parasite living in their intestines!
Here’s a diet craze that will make you feel younger…like really, really younger: It’s called The Baby Food Diet, and we can thank celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson (aka, Madonna’s former trainer) for its popularity.
• Do you care more about the virtue of what you eat than the pleasure you receive from eating it?
• Does your diet socially isolate you?
• Do you spend more than 3 hours a day thinking about healthy foods?
• When you eat the way you’re supposed to, do you feel in total control?
• Are you planning tomorrow’s menu today?
• Has the quality of your life decreased as the quality of your diet increased?
• Have you become stricter with yourself and adopted a long list of “food rules?”
• Does your self-esteem get a boost from eating healthy?
• Do you look down on others who don’t eat this way?
• Do you skip foods you once enjoyed in order to eat the “right” foods?
• Does your diet make it difficult for you to eat anywhere but at home?
• Do you feel guilt or self-loathing when you stray from your diet?
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, I would call you my twin. But others may call you orthoexic.
The term, coined in 1997, literally means “correct appetite.” Though it is not an official medical diagnosis, it refers to an eating disorder where the patient is so fixated on eating pure or eating clean, she limits herself and becomes obsessed.
I, Fitness Friday Girl, cannot relate to this…AT ALL.
According to Registered Dietitian Jill Brown of The Hull Institute, health professionals are seeing more orthoexics who take it to the extreme, partly because of increasing popularity of organic and all natural foods.
“It takes over and it interferes with relationships and they obsess about it. There’s a certain righteousness that goes along with it and they judge how others eat,” Jill says.
Despite seemingly healthy diets, orthorexics are often malnourished and borderline on obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Hull Institute is now treating about a half a dozen orthorexics.
Whoa! Hold the phone. SIX people have this? In a country where almost half the people are overweight, Jill has her panties in a knot over SIX people who eat TOO HEALTHY and get a little judgmental???? Seriously?!?!
Jill Brown says it is possible to eat a healthy diet but when a person becomes obsessed with it and spends an unreasonable amount of time thinking about, it may be time to get help.
Yes, thank you, Jill and all you fabulous folks at the Hull Institute. Finally, an excuse to give up healthy eating altogether. Or at least an excuse not to think about. Or blog about it. Whatever.
Now that I’m all stressed out, I’m going to eat some lunch. Perhaps a baby food and Ascaris Worm smoothie.
You are truly funny and know how to mix truth with some really great humor. Love your blog.
Here's a little perspective for those worm eating ladies ~ Yesterday my sis.in.law put her four year old on the scale. As the digital scale numbers went up, my little neice with big eyes and excited voice said, "Look mommy, I am getting so many points!"
Thanks for the perspective. I always get something thought provoking and a chuckle when I visit your blog.
@ Glenda – I love the points. I'm going to remember that!!
Funny you touched on the Baby food diet. I've been doing some Tracy Anderson stuff lately (mainly butt and thighs) (you know I jump from one thing to another) – so when I saw the baby food thing I laughed!
Does Jennifer Aniston really need to lose 7 lbs???
As for your twin… I answered yes to more than a few of your questions!
So I guess I'm one of the whopping 6 Jill speaks of. And I will be the first to admit that I have OCD!
Love the post!
You are sooo funny! Thanks for the Friday laugh….
Eww, eww, eww! Worms? Ewwwwwww!!!! 'Nuff said.
Oh. my. goodness.
Thank you for the light side of weight loss. LOL. We're easitly entertained aren't we???
Thanks to your research, I am now sending back this worm I received in the mail today.
You made me laugh out loud-so funny!
yah…. in science we learned about round worms, flat worms, and segmented worms….. ew. Madison told us about these milk worm thingys, that live in milk and they grow in ur intestines 2! i dont think i will be drinkin milk 4 a while, not that i like milk…so in conclusion, do not drink milk or make Ascaris worm smoothies…..
Well, here's hoping those ladies are at least taking a pro-biotic with their worms 🙂
You already know I'm your twin….I have to say I checked off at least half of those list items! And I ALWAYS believe People/internet sources over publicists…..because how many times has "their publicist denies…." about divorce, pregnancy, etc and then the next week the celeb is pregnant, divorced…(pregnant and divorced!), etc. Thanks for the lighthearted Fitness Friday…..I always look forward to Fridays!
Glenda: that made me laugh. I wish I could view the number on the scale in such a positive light.
Sarah: No, Jennifer does NOT need to lose 7 lbs.
And to all the rest of you…thanks for the comments. I'm glad you found the headlines as entertaining as I did.