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Is it possible to lose weight fast? - Hei Man Chan

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In the wealthiest circles of Victorian England, dieters would swallow an unhatched tapeworm and let it grow inside them by consuming undigested meals. And while modern fad diets aren’t usually this extreme, they do promise similar results; specifically, losing weight fast. So, are there any fast diets that do work? And are any of them actually healthy for you? Hei Man Chan investigates.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Hei Man Chan
  • Director Avi Ofer
  • Narrator Pen-Pen Chen
  • Music Salil Bhayani, Suola Zhu, cAMP Studio
  • Sound Designer Spencer Ward, cAMP Studio
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Senior Producer Anna Bechtol
  • Associate Producer Sazia Afrin
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
Additional Resources for you to Explore
Want to explore the topic of weight management further? Learn more about the health burden of obesity with the World Health Organization.

Not sure how to spot fad diets? Check out this TED-Ed lesson.

Read what The Conversation says about the effects of eating your meals during specific windows of time.

It is also worthwhile to understand the concept of health at every size when considering weight management.

Lastly, read this blog and learn how to make fun and healthy snacks.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Hei Man Chan
  • Director Avi Ofer
  • Narrator Pen-Pen Chen
  • Music Salil Bhayani, Suola Zhu, cAMP Studio
  • Sound Designer Spencer Ward, cAMP Studio
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Senior Producer Anna Bechtol
  • Associate Producer Sazia Afrin
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler

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