Dangerous fad diets risk lives
Wednesday 23 July 2008
We all know that wacky fad diets aren’t a good option for long-term weight loss and that they often involve crazy dieting methods that are bad for both body and mind.
But despite our better knowledge we sometimes get caught up in a new celeb fad or miracle diet and completely underestimate how dangerous these weight loss “fast tracks” really are.
The sad case of Dawn Page, who suffered a Grand Mal epileptic fit after going on a detox diet, highlights a serious issue that a lot of women ignore in their bid to lose weight.
After consulting a nutritionist who advised her to go on a “hydration diet” – which involved cutting out salt and drinking up to eight pints of water a day – Dawn began to feel ill within a matter of days.
She was reassured by her nutritional therapist, Barbara Nash, that the vomiting was part of the detox process, but less than seven days on the diet Dawn collapsed and ended up in hospital.
The mother-of-two has been left with a number of side effects that have changed her personality and life forever. She suffers from mood swings, has trouble concentrating and remembering things and struggles to speak normally.
As a result Dawn had to give up her job and is reliant on husband Geoff’s help.
Doctors have spoken out against such extreme detox diets, warning that any type of starvation carries inherent dangers. Nutritionist Claire Durnt says: “Depriving the body of food and essential nutrients is totally unnatural.”
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