Shell on challenge is the latest dangerous social media craze

A new social media craze is seeing children eating plastic and food ‘shells’ to go viral.

The challenge, which has been dubbed the ‘shell on competition’, forces teenagers to record themselves swallowing unwrapped foods.

In one clip, a boy is seen eating a sweet with the wrapping still on – and in another, teenager Liam Hamm, bites through the plastic bag to eat a carrot.

Liam, a pupil at McClintock High School in Tempe, Arizona, was filmed on Snapchat swallowing the vegetables and their packaging.

The video was captioned: ‘Y’all eat your carrots without without the shell?’.

Speaking to the Democrat and Chronicle, the boy said: ‘It just looks funny, because it’s not really a shell but people are calling things shells. I guess that is what’s funny about it.’

He added that he is glad the trend has replaced the ‘Tide Pod’ challenge – which saw people eating laundry detergent pods – because it’s ‘dangerous’.

He said: ‘It’s the Tide Pod challenge minus the fact that it’s not dangerous’.

During the craze, children are challenging one another to swallow the likes of banana peels, cardboard and cores of apples.

One person on Twitter said: ‘I wondered why Boomers judged GenZ until I saw a thread about the ‘shell on challenge’.

‘After 12 videos of high-schoolers eating bananas with the peel on… I can finally say I relate to the Boomers.’

Another added: ‘Why do I live in a generation where challenges like the shell challenge exist?’.

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