Instead of incorporating a healthy nutritional diet and some kind of physical activity into their lifestyle, some people turn to dangerous weight loss products or even the most recent diet craze that crops up to slim down. Parents of teens may not have heard about the diet fad some young people are turning to but there's a good chance their child has and it's not only bizarre, it's dangerous.
Believe it or not, the extreme diet fad known as the "cotton ball diet" actually involves saturating cotton balls in some type of juice or beverage and then swallowing them to promote weight loss, sadly this is unimaginable to me. Supposedly, the idea behind eating cotton balls is to make a person feel full so they don't eat as much and, they're calorie free.
Not surprisingly, there's numerous videos on YouTube about the cotton ball diet showing young girls dipping cotton balls in juice and then eating them so kids can learn how to do this very easily. There's also been a lot of news coverage about the cotton ball diet that can be found online and according to health experts, the "cotton ball diet" is dangerous.
Apparently, teens aren't the only ones trying this dangerous diet to lose weight because a lot of the coverage I've found online talks about models doing this too. When Eddy Murphy's daughter Bria was talking about the pressures of modeling with ABC News last year, she said some young models have turned to this extreme dieting method to stay thin which is very sad.
Potential Health Complications from Cotton Ball Diet
From everything I've read, using the cotton ball method to lose weight could possibly lead to intestinal blockages that may even require surgery. Other possible serious complications associated with swallowing cotton balls include choking and malnutrition from what I've read so, this is definitely a dangerous weight loss method.
During the teenage years many girls and even boys obsess about their weight and how they look but let's face it, they're often comparing themselves to their favorite celebrities and overly thin models they see on TV and in magazines. They either don't realize or easily forget these photos have been touched up by makeup and graphic editors like Photoshop which are truly amazing tools.
Unfortunately, the way we look often has a lot to do with how we're accepted by others and this is especially true for kids in high school. Sadly, when kids are insecure about the way they look and stress about their weight, they may try dangerous methods like the cotton ball diet or end up having an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia.
Yahoo News and ABC News