Would you eat cotton balls if it meant !
Cotton Ball Diet Trend Becoming Dangerously Popular
The tapeworm diet, the feeding tube diet, the air diet — Brandi Koskie, managing editor of the website Diets in Review, said she thought she’d seen every crazy food fad out there. But then came the cotton ball diet.
The diet, as described in chat rooms, on YouTube videos and elsewhere on the Web, involves gobbling up to five cotton balls dipped in orange juice, lemonade or a smoothie in one sitting. The idea is to feel full without gaining weight. Some dieters chow down on the fluffy fillers before a meal to limit their food intake, while others subsist on cotton balls exclusively.
“Nothing good can come of this. Absolutely nothing,” said Koskie, who has been tracking diet trends for more than nine years.
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One thing that strikes Koskie is that, unless you’re dining on an expensive organic brand, most cotton balls aren’t made of cotton. They’re bleached, polyester fibers that contain a lot of chemicals.
“Your clothing is also made of polyester, so swallowing a synthetic cotton ball is like dipping your T-shirt in orange juice and eating it,” she said.
SMH, this is really what it’s come to, huh?
Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, the chief medical officer at the Eating Recovery Center in Denver, said he agreed that downing synthetic cotton balls is similar to eating cloth, or even buttons or coins. Beyond the risk of choking and malnutrition, the practice might lead to an obstruction of the intestinal tract, a trapped mass called a bezoar, said Bermudez.
“The most common causes of bezoars are swallowing indigestible matter like hair or too much vegetable fiber. Cotton balls could certainly create similar problems,” Bermudez said.
Over time, the cotton balls could build up and create several blockages or a full obstruction. Either of these conditions could be life-threatening, Bermudez said.
Models have been suspected of eating cotton balls for years, said Lynn Grefe, president and CEO of the National Eating Disorder Association. Eddie Murphy’s model daughter, Bria Murphy, talked about this on “Good Morning America” earlier this year, telling the hosts that she’d heard about girls eating cotton balls soaked in orange juice because they were under pressure to stay slim.
What ever happened to just eating right and working out?? Get yo’ lazy azz up and go bust a sweat!
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