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

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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Savastio, Rebecca (22 November 2013). "Cotton Ball Diet Goes Viral and May Kill Dieters". Guardian Express. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
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