Britons enjoy weird fads like screaming therapy, laughing yoga and drinking saltwater

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Another 44 percent have used charcoal on their teeth, and 24 percent have spiralised their food. Dog yoga, vampire facials, cupping and eating baby food are also among the bizarre fads Britons have given a go.

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

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Almost half (49 percent) of 18-24-year-olds admitted to dabbling in a fad compared to just 28 percent 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.

Following the findings, 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.

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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?

“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.

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

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

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

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

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

TOP 20 FADS BRITONS HAVE TRIED

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1. Drinking apple cider vinegar

2. Whitening teeth with charcoal

3. Food spiralizer

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

20. Vampire facials



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