Sickening Cotton Ball Diet Is More Popular Than We Thought

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classic cotton ballsBack in June, Eddie Murphy's daughter, model Bria Murphy revealed some seriously extreme diet secrets of the girls she works with. Like  "people eating the cotton balls with orange juice." If it wasn't already completely disturbing to think about models chowing down on cotton balls to "feel full," just wait 'til you hear this ... Apparently, the freaky tactic is a much more common diet trend than we realized.

According to Good Morning America, the Cotton Ball Diet has been described in chat rooms, YouTube videos, and all over the web and instructs people to eat up to five cotton balls dipped in orange juice, lemonade, or a smoothie to keep unwanted pounds at bay. Some dieters eat cotton balls before a meal to limit food intake (guess they've never heard of the old-school, effective, and healthy glass of water or an apple trick, eh?), while others eat just cotton balls. So. Scary.

Brandi Koskie, managing editor of the website Diets in Review, notes how dangerous it can be, because not only are cotton ball dieters not consuming enough calories or anything of nutritional value, but most cotton balls are made of bleached, polyester fibers chock-full of chemicals. You could choke, suffer malnutrition, or even end up with an obstruction of the intestinal tract, a trapped mass called a bezoar.

I hate the word diet, and the idea that this should even be CALLED a "diet" is crazy. As Lynn Grefe, president and CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association tells GMA:

When we talk about something like this we certainly aren't talking about health anymore. We're talking about weight and size and certainly something that is potentially very, very dangerous.

She's so right. And if this isn't proof positive that we have a horrifying epidemic on our hands, I don't know what is. An epidemic of (generally young) women who are receiving extremely twisted, false messages about beauty and their bodies that they're resorting to something as dangerous as this. And that's not the fault of one diet or group or the web. It's stemming from overall social attitudes about weight and health -- and judging from this freaky trend, it couldn't be clearer that these messages desperately need to change. 

Do diet trends like this scare you? Why do you think people are resorting to this to lose weight?


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Denise Yates

Harry saved Ron with a bezoar

caral... caralicious

I think people resort to this because people are crazy and willing to do anything to lose weight except diet and excercise smh.

Shandi80 Shandi80

As long as people keep idolizing hollywood ideals and vogue models...there will be extreme diets! And the media supports it, so as long as the media keeps glorifying skinny models, there will be eating disorders.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I can't imagine trying to swallow a cotton ball, that sounds really uncomfortable. 

Roxygurl Roxygurl

So does it actually digest in your system or does it come out whole?

Shandi80 Shandi80

Roxygurl, I imagine it would probably be somewhat broken down considering it is a natural fiber.

the4m... the4mutts

Things like this scare me. I try to shield my kids (daughters especially) from hollywood hype. I dont partake in celebrity gossip around them, and I do my damndest to talk about HEALTH as opposed to fat/skinny.

I try to have them watch shows with "normal" looking girls (not saying skinny isnt normal, just trying to keep them from thinking skinny = pretty)

My oldest son happens to like the chubbier girls, and tomboys for physical appeal, and for emotional, he picks smart girls that are nice to him, and don't make fun of him for being short.

My 5yr old is a healthy kind of chubby, secure, happy, and thank goodness, couldn't care less what her classmates think about clothes, shoes, hair, or weight.

My 7yr old... IDK. Being the first girl born in our family in a long time, I think too many people told her she was so pretty and tiny too often. She focuses on how skinny she is, and always begs for skinny jeans, because "regular" jeans aren't for skinny girls like her. She's not a mean girl, but she cares a lot about her appearance. We're working on it.

It scares me to know that these "skinny secrets" are so well known. It scares me for my kids, and how they could start thinking these habits are normal.

Eliza Attwood

god the thought of this makes me feel gaggy.

Gloria Lapierre

Because Jenny and NutriSystem are way too expensive????

Krose... Krosemartin

Everyone used to do this when I was modeling. I would be sitting in a room waiting for an audition and these girls would be stuffing their gaunt faces with cotton balls. It's one of the reasons I quit the industry.

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