The tissue paper diet claims eating Kleenex will keep weight-loss wanderers full. Instead of chowing down on human cuisine, some celebrities are reportedly staving off hunger by consuming tissue paper. While the tissue paper diet is racking up recent attention, the diet itself isn’t new. Surprised the stars would turn to tissue for weight loss? Janet Jackson’s not.
Janet Jackson Knows Celebs Eating Kleenex
“I’m not going to name names (but) this is the worst,” singer Janet Jackson said in her Piers Morgan interview. “Eating tissue, Kleenex, so it fills the stomach. So you’re full. So you don’t want another bite to eat and so that’s what you eat.”
Celeb Confession: ‘I Ate Toilet Paper’
Janet’s referring to peer pressure to diet during her younger years, but the tissue paper diet didn’t go away. In October 2006, “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” actress Billie Piper revealed she ate tissue paper while battling anorexia to stay skinny and lose weight.
Billie Piper: ‘I Nearly Choked on Tissue‘
“I nearly choked on a ball of tissue,” the 28-year-old Piper said, adding that her feelings for the diet were less than lovely. The tissue diet, she says, was a waste, leaving her “still hungry” even after scarfing down wads of paper.
Cotton Balls Dipped in Fruit Juice … What?
Last year, Vogue supermodel Amy Lemons revealed tissue paper as a dieting model’s best friend on the exposing documentary, “Picture Me: A Model’s Diary.” Lemons said she witnessed models eating cotton balls, dipped in juice, as a way to curb hunger and lose weight.
Toilet Paper Diet Not Just for Weight Loss
Just months later, TLC aired the show “My Strange Addiction” which featured Kesha, a 34-year-old tissue paper addict. While Kesha ate other foods and wasn’t consuming tissue to trim inches, her toliet paper diet put the idea back on the map. Dr. Kimberly Dennis and other experts claim the practice is indicative of more serious problems than just waist size.
Expert: Here’s the Issue With Tissue
“I could call this the tissue issue,” says Dr. Dennis, currently serving as medical director at Timberline Knolls, a treatment center specializing in eating disorders and addictions. “This type of behavior can cause serious health implications.”
Q: Is Eating Toilet Paper Dangerous?
In addition to depriving the body of needed nutrients, those looking to lose weight with the tissue paper diet can cause harm to their GI tract, bringing on intestinal problems like pain, bloating and “even blockage and ruptures” in extreme cases.
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