8 of the world's most disturbing diets
Eating doesn't get weirder than this.
Whether they are trying to lose weight, hopelessly gaining it or eating the same thing over and over again, it turns out that some people have an odd relationship with food. A very odd relationship.
1. The man who lost 140 pounds on baked bean diet
You are massively overweight and get told you are at risk of bowel cancer. What would you do? When Neil King from Essex got this news he had a simple solution. He cracked out the baked beans of course. He said 'NO!' to fruits and vegetables. He spat in the face of exercise. He started eating six cans of baked beans a day. Oh, and he sometimes stuck in some rice and potatoes for good measure.
What's a bit puzzling is how he managed to drop 140 pounds in this way. The beans are low in fat and high in fibre but such a large intake of them would keep any normal man well fed. But Neil King wasn't your average fella. He probably lost so much because he stopped drinking 8 pints a day and stopped eating sausages and bacon for every meal. That might have helped too.
2. The teenage girl who is collapsing because of her 15-year-long chicken nugget diet
That's Stacey Irvine lying in a huge pile of Happy Meal toys. Why is she so happy? Because it's awesome to lie in a huge pile of Happy Meal toys. That's why. The downside of getting all of them however is that along the way you have to eat a hell of a lot of chicken nuggets. Which is lucky for Stacey because they're all she eats.
For 15 long chicken filled years she's been at it, eventually collapsing at age 17. This could be due to a variety of reasons. The anaemia, the swollen tongue and the shortness of breath might have lead to it. After leaving hospital she admitted, “I'm starting to realize this is really bad for me.” We can't help but agree.
3. The man who has been eating roadkill for 30 years
When most of us see roadkill we drive past it, maybe think it's a bit horrible and forget about it. Jonathan McGowan on the other hand sees it and starts salivating all over himself (probably). For 30 years he's avoided supermarkets with their 'quality guarantees' and 'food hygiene standards' and sourced his meat himself. From the roadside, in Bournemouth.
He maintains that he never kills the animals himself (which is illegal) but instead eats only what he finds at the roadside (which isn't illegal). Yes, they may have a bit of tyre tread here and there and of course, they're a bit squished, but it's free and for him that's the most important thing. Yum.
4. The man who ate his 25,000th Big Mac
Don Gorske is McDonalds' biggest fan. For four decades he's been visiting them, money in hand and by this point he has purchased himself over 25,000 Big Macs. After buying them he also ate them. Obviously. So you probably think he's going to be very overweight and in shockingly bad health. Right?
Wrong. The 59 year old has been checked by doctors and apparently has low cholesterol and has a clean bill of health, even though he barely exercises. Not bad for a guy who eats two Big Macs a day, every day.
5. The man who is seeking rehab to cure his 42-liter-a-week Diet Coke addiction
It's another Brit. Just when you thought the eating habits of those who walk amongst us couldn't get any weirder 35 stone Darren Jones from Stockport goes to show that food obsessions can cross over into drinking too. But it's not lagers Darren is in love with, it's Diet Coke. 42 litres a day in fact.
I think Darren puts it best when he says: 'I believe what I have is an actual addiction and I start to worry if I'm getting near the end of the bottle. If I can't get in touch with Paula to get me some more I start to panic – it's like a drug or alcohol addiction. I called up Diet Coke to ask them if it's addictive and what I should do and they recommended putting water in it to dilute it, but it would taste horrid and I don't think it would help.' I doubt it would help either Darren.
6. The woman who has eaten nothing but pizza for 31 years
Claire Simmons loves pizza. And by loves I mean LOVES. And by LOVES I mean has a condition called Selective Eating Disorder which means that she can only eat certain foods without vomiting. Which is inconvenient. The only food poor Claire can stomach is pizza which on the face of it sounds lucky (I dread to think what life would be like if I was saddled with only being able to eat Spinach).
Whilst we all enjoy eating a delicious meat-feast/pineapple hybrid (just me?) it turns out that eating only pizza for 31 years of your 33 year life leaves you lacking in certain important vitamins and minerals. While she protests that she stays healthy through exercise and drinking lots of water, doctors have warned her that her restrictive diet could lead to huge problems in the future. I'm tempted to say that a pizza only diet would be fun, but I won't, because in reality it wouldn't.
7. The girl who eats only Tic Tacs
17 year old Natalie Cooper (that's right, from Kent) has the dubious honour of being the only person in the world who eats nothing but Tic Tacs. Another sufferer of Selective Eating Disorder she is immediately sick if she puts any food in her mouth other than Tic Tac mints.
If you are worried about her dying from a lack of proper food never fear. She gets all of the important stuff through a specially formulated feeding tube. Even so, she'll always have minty fresh breath. Which is a plus.
8. The man who lost 27 pounds on the Twinkie diet
Twinkies? In case you were wondering what I'm going on about a Twinkie is a famous American snack marketed as being a 'golden sponge cake with creamy filling". It doesn't sound like the healthiest thing in the world and to be blunt, it isn't. But that's precisely the point.
By putting himself on a 'snack cake diet' professor of nutrition Mark Haub proved that it's not what you eat that helps you lose weight, but how much you eat. He managed to drop 27 pounds and his cholesterol levels decreased throughout the experiment, simply by dropping his calorie intake. If I ever get a bit overweight I'm going to opt for a McFlurry diet I think. Oh and some bacon, and cheese. Lots of cheese.
I fear I may have lost sight of his theory...