Bizarre cotton-wool ball diet

Last updated 15:41 25/11/2013
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COTTON WOOL: Just looking at the stuff gives us textural heebie-jeebies.

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Handling cotton wool balls has got to be one of the most unpleasant sensations ever (tell me I'm not alone here?), so it's difficult to imagine munching on the squeaky fibres, even if you are feeling a tad ill-prepared for bikini season. 

Well, an American television news channel, NBC affiliate King 5, has reported an alarming trend among younger women - "internet videos have popularised eating cotton balls dipped in juice as a quick way to lose weight." 

Apparently the absorbent balls fill the stomach and trick the body into thinking it's satisfied, removing the need to eat real food. 

"It started with supermodels. Now, younger girls are doing it," the article begins (cue the Jaws theme music). "It's the cotton ball diet, a bizarre and dangerous new diet trend that parents need to know about." 

King 5's expert, Dr Fred Campbell, says "a lot" of supermodels and celebrities follow the c-ball diet, which is inspiring young women to follow suit. He doesn't, however, offer up any specific examples for either.

Aside from obvious issues related to digesting a medical swab, cotton balls aren't even made of cotton, but rather bleached polyester fibres. 

As Jezebel points out, cotton ball nibbling isn't new, and while it's obviously wildly disturbing, we're not sure parents need another obscure fad to fear. Are girls really eating cotton wool balls? Or was King 5 just using this fodder to fill its news bulletin like a cotton ball fills a hungry stomach?

Folks, if you're considering digesting anything with the word 'cotton' in it, please, please make it cotton candy.

- Daily Life

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