Dec 7, 2013

Eating Cotton Balls

This eating cotton balls thing is CRAZY!!  It is totally unhealthy and unsafe.  It is all over the news and media that people, even young girls... more like children as young as 9 yrs old, are eating cotton balls.  They are doing this as a method of losing weight.

The purpose of them doing this is to lose weight.  The attempt is to trick the stomach into feeling full in hopes of eliminating the starving/hungry feeling.  People are dipping it in orange juice then eating it.  The cotton has no calories so the body still has to use the fat or muscle to survive, thus reducing body weight.

The problem with this.... let me rephrase problem(s) with this are that cotton contains polyester which contains products also used in plastic drinking bottles, per Wise Geek.  See this article about polyester on Wise Geek:  We all know that plastic in bottles have known carcinogens (unless you buy special bottles without these chemicals).

Next problem is that cotton cannot be digested by the body so it clogs things up and this causes major medical problems.  This article talks about people having surgery due to items ingested that cannot be passed:  Who thought of eating cotton balls?  To me, it is like deciding to eat manure in an attempt to fill the stomach up ..... GROSS and outlandish.  

Another major reason to avoid eating cotton balls is  there no nutritional value which could cause a person to become malnourished which leads to disease and even death.  For the life of me, I cannot figure out who would want to take their life into their own hands!  I being a bit dramatic here but so is eating cotton balls.

Actually, I was reading the doctor prescribed psychiatric treatment and this is likely because this type of behavior falls along the lines of eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia.  I would imagine that anyone participating in eating cotton balls may need some help.  I hope that they would get the help they need.

I understand obesity is a huge trend and is very unhealthy but going the polar opposite (or bi-polar opposite) is not good at all.  In cases of the 9 yr olds, they probably just don't know better but I still hope they get some kind of help to be healthy.


  1. This is crazy and sad, that people will go to this extreme to lose weight.

  2. Suzette I totally agree with you. It is more along the lines of an illness like bulimia or anorexia. I just hope that the people doing it get the help they need and deserve