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Cotton wool :| - January 7th 2011, 09:22 PM

I've been watching a documentary about anorexia, other eating disorders and size [Edited] models. One doctor said on the documentary that she had heard a few cases where a few models were eating cotton wool to get rid of hunger pains.

I'm just wondering, how dangerous is that? I'm not in any way going to consider doing this (I highly discourage other people from trying this either) I'm just curious :| They didn't talk about it much on the documentary.


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Re: Cotton wool :| - January 8th 2011, 12:07 AM

I'm not sure if you've heard of it, but this reminds me of an eating disorder named 'Pica'. Now, eating cotton wool has more or less the same effect on humans as a cat having furballs.
   
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Re: Cotton wool :| - January 8th 2011, 12:22 AM

I'd say its pretty darn dangerous. However supermodels seem to be willing to do anything to stay super skinny :/ Its a bit scary to see how severe our society has become.


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Re: Cotton wool :| - January 8th 2011, 01:24 AM

This is an awful, awful idea.

From a biochemistry perspective, cotton wool is entirely cellulose, and therefore entirely digestible. You know how trictillomaniacs (people who obsessively pull out and eat hair) can get trichobezoars, huge accumulations of hair in the stomach that can seriously block regular digestion? Yeah, you'll get that with eating cotton wool too, but like 10x worse.

(Not to mention, it tastes awful, even if you cover it with chocolate. Catch-22 reference.)


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Re: Cotton wool :| - January 9th 2011, 11:22 PM

Bad idea. Cotton wool will mess up your stomach, it will collect and just, no. It's very dangerous. It won't digest right and it can make you really, really sick.


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