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'Screaming therapy' to dog yoga – top 20 wacky fads tried by a third of Brits


A third of Brits have tried out wacky fads including screaming therapy, laughing yoga – and drinking saltwater.

A survey of 2,000 adults found almost half have quaffed apple cider vinegar, a well-known fad advocated by numerous celebrities.

Another 44 per cent have used charcoal on their teeth, and 24 per cent have spiralized their food.

Dog yoga, vampire facials, cupping and eating baby food are also among the bizarre fads Brits have given a go.



Dog yoga has been taken up as a wacky fad by Brits trying to stay fit

The research, commissioned by Walkers Oven Baked, found the popularity of unusual fads is being fuelled by Gen Z and millennials.

Almost half – 49 per cent – of 18 to 24-year-olds admitted to dabbling in a fad compared to just 28 per cent of those aged 45 and over.

It also emerged that Brits spend more than £486 million-a-year on these crazes – an average of £29 per person – yet most will abandon their new hobby after just nine days.



Some Brits have taken to using charcoal on their teeth in a bid to make them appear whiter

Self-confessed “fad dabbler” and comedian Katherine Ryan, has teamed up with Walkers Oven Baked, to encourage the nation to ditch the fads and opt for achievable resolutions and simple lifestyle swaps in 2021.

Katherine said: “This January, I’m officially renouncing fad dabbling – it’s a bad enough month already, why punish yourself by giving up what you love or embarking upon some hilarious new hobby with all the gear and no idea?

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“I’ve tried fads in the past to feel better. I thought a colonic could make me less tired and give me brighter skin.

“A very wise friend said: ‘just take a nap instead’ and he was right. It was the worst experience of my entire life.

“Why set ourselves up for failure when we absolutely know better? Instead, just make small, sustainable changes. Walkers Oven Baked crisps have all the flavour and half the fat.”



Drinking salt water is believed by some to flush out toxins and aid with digestion

The study also found that of the 32 per cent who have tried a new trend, 42 per cent did so to make themselves “feel better”.

The north east was revealed as the nation’s ‘fad capital’, with 42 per cent of adults in the region confessing to giving a weird trend a go.



Screaming therapy involves standing in the ‘warrior pose’ to let off steam

But in contrast, 72 per cent of those in Northern Ireland claimed to have never tried one.

In spite of all of this, 92 per cent of adults who plan to make a new year’s resolution still believe that it is achievable.

TOP 20 FADS BRITS HAVE TRIED

1. Drinking apple cider vinegar

2. Whitening teeth with charcoal

3. Food spiralizer

4. Drinking cups of saltwater to help hydrate, flush out toxins and aid with digestion

5. Cupping – a type of deep tissue massage to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being

6. Eating only certain colours of food e.g. purple food diet

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7. Eating baby food

8. Laughter yoga

9. Tae-Bo – a type of workout that incorporates martial arts techniques such as kicks and punches

10. Cryotherapy – exposure to freezing temperatures to help with pain relief

11. Coffee enema or other elective colonic to detoxify the body

12. Screaming therapy – screaming while standing in warrior pose

13. Putting sticks of charcoal in water

14. Prancercising – a fitness method based on a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait

15. Cow cuddling – a trend believed to promote positivity and reduce stress

16. Cockroach milk – a milk derived from ‘cockroach crystals’, a part of the insect found in its gut, rich in essential amino acids and protein.

17. Dog yoga

18. Goat yoga

19. Hay bathing – bathing in warm hay to help with pain relief and energise the body

20. Vampire facials





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