Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Craziest Celebrity Health Theories of 2010

Throughout this year, like every year, we've highlighted and debunked some of the craziest celebrity diet trends out there. It's basically part of a celebrity's job description to look incredible at all times and, unfortunately, at all costs, so some of the stuff they do is pretty outrageous and oftentimes just plain dangerous. Thankfully, a UK-based group called Sense About Science (SAS), which is dedicated towards promoting sound science and debunking myths and inaccuracies, have rounded up a list of the top celebrity health theories to shed light on just how nonsensical and blatantly non-science based they are. So just in case we think about making the same mistakes as they have, let's take a look at some of the crazy diet trends out of Hollywood and resolve to avoid these 'diets' at all costs in 2011.

According to the group's website, this year, we saw "the biggest rise in dubious theories about how the body works". For example, singer and actress Olivia Newton-John admitted to taking digestive enzymes and plant tonics to "boost her immune system….". In addition, singer Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud confessed that she "sprinkles charcoal over her meals believing that it absorbs harmful substances in the body". Another unhealthy diet trend made popular by Naomi Campbell and actors Aston Kutcher and Demi Moore is to consume nothing but maple syrup, lemon, and pepper for up to 14 days - more commonly known as the master cleanse. And perhaps you recall singer Cheryl Cole dropping more than a few pounds on a diet claimed to be tailored to her blood type.

Some other wacky celebrity theories included those in the fitness realm, with soccer star and wife of Posh Spice David Beckham and the future wife of Prince William Kate Middleton have been spotted wearing a "hologram-embedded silicone bracelet which claims to improve energy and fitness".

According to SAS Assistant Director Lindsay Hogg, "When people in the public eye give opinions about causes of disease, cures, diets, or products we should buy or avoid, that's it. Their opinion goes worldwide in seconds...It gets public attention and appears in every related Google search for months. So if it's scientifically wrong, we’re stuck with the fall-out from that. We have thousands of scientists who are willing to look at claims about medicine and science. We’d like to see more celebrities checking out the science before they open their mouths and send the wrong thing viral." We couldn't agree more...except for the fact that it gives us something to laugh about!