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100 Ways to Fight Obesity

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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Freakonomics asks a dozen smart people for their best ideas. Get ready for a fat tax, a sugar ban, and a calorie-chomping tapeworm.

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Claire from Melbourne, Australia

People always seem to be half joking when they talk about tapeworms as a method of fighting obesity, but I am genuinely 100% for it. The only reason I have not already considered it a viable option is the issue of the worm reproducing and ejecting the newly formed segments from your body.
If a new variety could be developed that had no external or uncomfortable effects I would immediately opt for this treatment.

Sep. 09 2014 09:04 PM

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