Cotton ball diet

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A cotton ball diet is a diet that involves consuming cotton balls dipped in liquids such as juices and smoothies.[1] The diet is used to make the stomach feel full without gaining weight.[1] The president of the National Eating Disorders Association said models have used the diet for years to stay thin.[1] The diet is a form of pica.[1][2]

Health risks[edit]

The cotton balls can cause blockages in the digestive system.[3] Blockage in the intestines could result in dehydration, death of the human gastrointestinal tract and damage to internal organs.[4] The diet will also result in a nutrition disorder.[4]

The diet can also cause choking because the cotton balls cannot be broken down and must be eaten whole.[4] Toxins in the synthetic ingredients of cotton balls can build up over time and cause organ damage.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Neporent, Liz (21 November 2013). "Dangerous Diet Trend: The Cotton Ball Diet". ABC News. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cotton Ball Diet Gaining Popularity, Worrying Health Officials". Inquisitr. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "‘Cotton-Ball Diet’ Rotten, Say Nutritionists". CBS. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Savastio, Rebecca (22 November 2013). "Cotton Ball Diet Goes Viral and May Kill Dieters". Guardian Express. Retrieved 23 November 2013.