Doctors Urge: Don’t Take The Cinnamon Challenge
In a report published in the upcoming issue of Pediatrics, a team of doctors outlines the health risks of the internet trend “The Cinnamon Challenge,” urging everyone (especially teens) to avoid it. But while the doctor’s advice certainly makes sense, the problem remains minor, even judging by the researchers’ own statistics.
The cinnamon challenge involves the participant swallowing a spoonfull of cinnamon in less than 60 seconds, without drinking anything. Cinnamon is made from tree bark, and its tough plant fibers are very hard to ingest in large, dry doses; participants usually fail, choking and gagging, spraying cinnamon out through their nose and/or inhaling it into their airways. The challenge is often videotaped and posted to the internet.
So how much of a problem is this? There are over 50,000 cinnamon challenge videos on YouTube. Presumably, there have been even more attempts. So out of those tens of thousands of cinnamon inhalations, how many youths have needed medical attention? A whopping… thirty. Another 178 calls to the Poison Control Center were fielded. One teen is known to have suffered lasting respiratory problems.
Dejah Reed, 16, suffered a collapsed lung and spent several days in the hospital after one of her attempts at the cinnamon challenge. She now speaks out against teens trying it.
Not exactly epidemic proportions. But I suppose prevention is better than treatment.
I don’t know if medical advice will sway anyone who already thought it was a good idea to try to eat cinnamon. Hopefully, The cinnamon challenge is just a fad that will go the way of planking soon.
[via Huffington Post]