Cotton ball diet
The cotton ball diet is a fad diet that involves consuming cotton balls dipped in liquids such as juices or smoothies. The cotton is intended to make a person's stomach feel full without them gaining weight. The diet has been repeatedly condemned as dangerous. It is thought to originate from the modeling industry in which women are encouraged to be unhealthily thin. 
Cotton can cause blockages in the digestive system. Blockage in the intestines could result in dehydration, death of the gastrointestinal tract and damage to internal organs. The diet will also result in a nutrition disorder.
The diet can also cause choking because the cotton balls cannot be broken down and must be eaten whole. Most cotton balls are made from bleached polyester rather than cotton, and toxins in the synthetic ingredients of cotton balls can build up over time and cause organ damage.
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