– Weight loss-obsessed girls eating GMO cotton balls soaked in lemon juice (Natural News, Dec 4, 2013):
A practice being promoted on YouTube as a fad diet is actually a form of disordered eating that can pose serious health risks, health professionals are warning.
In videos promoting “the cotton ball diet,” young girls soak cotton balls in lemonade or orange juice and then swallow them. The girls claim that the cotton balls expand in the stomach, producing a feeling of fullness and thereby making them eat less during the day. In this, the cotton ball diet may seem at first to resemble appetite-suppressing drugs such as Lipozene.
But everything about the diet is dangerous, experts warn, from the specifics of the practice to the attitude behind it.
“Like eating your t-shirt”
To start with, most cotton balls are not actually made from cotton, but rather from synthetic, bleached polyester fibers full of dangerous chemicals.