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Despite the extreme "gross" factor of tapeworms, some people have suggested that acquiring one intentionally would be a relatively simple way to lose weight. In fact, tapeworm pills have been sold as weight-loss aids in the past. In some ways, it seems to make a certain amount of sense -- that is, if you can get past the gross-out factor. If a tapeworm is absorbing your body's nutrients and calories, you can eat all you want and enjoy the taste. Then the worm diverts it all before it hits your waistline.|
Tapeworm: A parasitic flat worm. The tapeworm has a long, flat body made up of a head, a neck, and a chain of segments, or sections. A chain can consist of 3 to more than 4,000 segments and range in length from less than one inch (2.5 cm) to more than 75 feet (23 m) and they can live for years.
Adult tapeworms live in the intestinal tract of vertebrates (animals with backbones), including humans. Tapeworms have no digestive system. Through their body walls, tapeworms directly absorb digested food from the intestine of the host (the animal they infect).
A tapeworm is like something out of a horror movie. It's a wiggly, creepy looking ribbon-shaped creature that lives inside you, absorbing your nutrients and laying millions of eggs. And if the idea of having a worm living inside of you doesn't have you shuddering in revulsion, just wait until you hear how they reproduce.