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(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) In the pursuit of body perfection, dieting can take some strange turns.

Videos on YouTube tout the "cotton ball diet" as a quick way to lose weight.

Basically, you eat a cotton ball soaked in some sort of juice, rather than eating a real meal.

"It's my understanding there are a lot of super models and celebrities attempting this, and I'm sure young women emulate women and their figures," said Dr. Fred Campbell, with the University of Texas Medicine in San Antonio.

He says you should never try something like a cotton ball.

"Since cotton is non-digestible and has something of a sponge-type effect, it might be an initial feeling of fullness in the stomach," he said.

That fiber isn't the kind you want to be eating and trying this so-called diet is a very bad idea.

"It possibly could cause some sort of obstructive effect lower in the intestines," he said. "I would consider that a fairly dangerous technique."

Dr. Campbell said if you suspect someone you know has an eating disorder or strange eating patterns, to contact a doctor.

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