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Pageant Mom Feeds Daughter Tape Worms For Weight Loss, Because Florida

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Pageant kidBecause life can always be more horrifying, an emergency room nurse appeared on the show Untold Stories of The E.R. with a story involving the mother of a teenage pageant contestant who fed her daughter tapeworms in order to help her lose weight. When reached for comment, God said, “Florida, right? Damn. I was so high that day….”

Nurse Maricar Cabral-Osori told the show that a young girl was admitted one night with a bulging stomach and severe stomach cramps. Initially, Cabral-Osori suspected the girl was pregnant and she was sent for a CT scan. The scan came back negative for pregnancy but did show that there was something in the girl’s intestines.

I know. Hang in there. It gets so much worse.

The cause of the girl’s stomach pain became clear later on when the girl went to the restroom and was found screaming over a toilet filled with tapeworms. Cabral-Osori said the mother admitted buying pills containing tapeworm eggs in Mexico and feeding them to her daughter. She quoted the mother as saying, “I’m so sorry. You know I just did it to make you a little skinnier. You needed some help before we went on to the pageant.”

The use of tapeworms to lose weight is  more myth than common practice. As as How Stuff Works discovered:

There is evidence of advertising, from the late 19th and early 20th century, hawking “sanitized tapeworms” to help women maintain a slim figure. Whether the pills sold actually contained tapeworms or whether women actually ingested them hoping to acquire a tapeworm is difficult to verify…It seems unlikely, but there’s also a good chance that somewhere in the long, strange history of humanity, someone somewhere did try using a tapeworm to lose weight. So, the answer to the question, “Did it happen?” is most likely yes, but it was probably never widespread.

However, the idiots among us can buy pills claiming to contain tapeworms online from vitamin and supplement shops because what? Yes, in between ads for pills designed to rid your dog of tapeworms, there are pills with enticing names like Parastroy and Parasitin that you can take with your One-A-Day multivitamin if you don’t value your life and are cool with growing a thirty-foot-long worm in your intestine that could kill you.

Eat less, move more, people. No worms.

(photo: Alan Bailey / Shutterstock)


  1. Rachel Sea

    August 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    If she wanted her daughter to lose weight she should have had her read stories like this before meals. I know I’m no longer in the mood for leftover chow mein.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      August 22, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Yeah, I’m getting ready to head to the grocery store. Pretty sure this just slashed my expenses by at least a third.

    • nikki753

      August 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Hahahaha. I was reading this story in absolute horror face, I get to your comment and I’m all, “Yeah. Hell no I’m not in the mood to eat anything!” Then I see the chow mein. Well played. I imagine something more resembling a bowl of pho, though.

    • Emily A.

      August 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Just because the noodles look like worms?


      (I expect to be credited with your weight loss success)

    • Rachel Sea

      August 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Basically all round noodles are ruined. I’m developing a whole list of foods that are no longer acceptable, either thanks to Mommyish stories or stock photo choices.

  2. Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

    August 22, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Just…ew. Ew. ew. ew. ew. ew. WTF?

  3. Spongeworthy

    August 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    • LadyClodia the Modest Rat

      August 22, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      LOL, you beat me to it. I had this one queued up too. 🙂

    • Spongeworthy

      August 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Luckily you came through with the Florida gif 🙂

    • Meredith Bland

      August 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      So perfect.

  4. Williwaw

    August 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    No vermicelli for me tonight.

  5. Spongeworthy

    August 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    And also because this is a pageant mom

  6. LadyClodia the Modest Rat

    August 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    • Maria Guido

      August 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      No sawing off Florida until I leave this god-forsaken place!

    • LadyClodia the Modest Rat

      August 22, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Bugs has you and your family covered Maria!

      Get in the kangaroo!

    • Rachel Sea

      August 22, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Hurry up before they make you one of them! All of my family in Florida are ruined for polite company after so many decades.

    • Véronique the Attachment Shark

      August 22, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      You’ll have to take a boat Maria!

  7. LK

    August 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    That is just the wrongest fucking wrong that ever wronged. Put this woman on a boat and ship her out to sea.

  8. candyvines

    August 22, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Ah, yes, a stomach bulging full of tapeworms is perfectly appropriate for the bikini portion of the pageant. I wonder if she could train them to do something synchronized for the talent portion?

    • Awa Adams

      August 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    • candyvines

      August 22, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Fantastic! Maybe all the girls could eat them and then participate in a Spelling Bee.

    • Awa Adams

      August 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      The second round could be a tape worm poetry contest!

    • candyvines

      August 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Trying this again – disappeared last time:

    • Awa Adams

      August 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Omg dying

    • Meredith Bland

      August 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Oh my god, there are tears in my eyes from the funny.

  9. 2Well

    August 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    She can take Metformin. I’ve been eating my Chipotle burrito bowl for two hours because it has killed my appetite and I have to take it on a full stomach. I’m hungry and queasy at the same time.

    • LK

      August 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      It should get better. I waspraying for death the first few weeks, then it didn’t bother me in the least

  10. Awa Adams

    August 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm

  11. Henrysmama

    August 22, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I REALLY hope the mother was arrested.

  12. Meredith Bland

    August 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    You guys have the best gifs. I love the comments section.

  13. The Sickly Gazelle

    August 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Our family has always used a couple of drops of lye in the babies bottle if they become constipated. It is all natural and cleans them right out.

  14. kittymom

    August 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Absolutely horrifying, that mother needs a kick in the rear end. And to be fed a parasite….but what bothers me a tiny bit more is the use of a CT scan. Please, tell me they didn’t honestly IRRADIATE the young lady suspected of being with child….please, tell me they started with a pregnancy test, or ultrasound or something…

    • Shelly Lloyd

      August 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Yeah, that was what got me too. Were they out of pregnancy test? They could not have her pee in a cup or something?

    • Maria

      August 23, 2014 at 10:58 am

      I think they did it after the test came back negative. And most hospitals will do a blood test – it’s quick and more accurate.

    • Shelly Lloyd

      August 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks for the info. I was not aware of that.

  15. jendra_berri

    August 22, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Were they organic?
    I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I kid, I kid! Really, this is very gross!

  16. rockmonster

    August 22, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Damn, I missed a lot of stuff. And someone already beat to the Bugs Bunny gif.

  17. rrlo

    August 23, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    This sounds like an urban legend to me! Can’t believe it actually happened!

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