33-year-old Claire Simmons – who has eaten only cheese and tomato pizza for 31 years – has been warned she could die unless she quits her bizarre dining habit.
“I keep myself healthy with exercise and drink a lot of water,” Simmons said. “But my GP says I’m storing up many problems for the future due to a lack of vitamins and minerals. This could lead to a stroke or heart attack.”
To stay healthy, experts recommend a varied diet, including fruit and vegetables. But Claire said: “I’m actually scared of fruit and veg. I get so angry when people think I’m being faddy — this is a real medical condition.”
The woman assures that she exercises and drinks plenty of water. The problem is that her limited diet — the result of a selective eating disorder – doesn’t provide all the minerals and vitamins she needs for solid health, writes the Huffington post.
Simmons, of Notting Hill, West London, spoke out after the papers highlighted the case of Stacey Irvine, 17, who eats on only chicken nuggets and got to hospital.
The teen told reporters she was hooked on nuggets when her mom brought them home from McDonald’s when she was two. Since then, the girl doesn’t eat fruit or vegetables, and loves to split 20 nuggets with her boyfriend as a pastime.
As a result Irvine has breathing problems, anaemia and was recently rushed to the hospital after she collapsed with swollen veins in her tongue. In addition to this, she can’t resist temptation. “I am starting to realise this is really bad for me,” she said.
One more person who became known due to his unusual diet is Jonathan McGowan, who for the past 30 years, has refused to eat any meat except roadkill. The BBC has even released documentary which is based on the topic of extremely picky eaters.
In 2010, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate nothing but Twinkies for 10 week and lost 27 pounds and almost five points from his body mass index.
He proved that single-item food diets like this one can occur when people are addicted to their food habits, want to lose weight.
“What I did, it wasn’t healthy behaviour and it did lead to health after [with weight and BMI loss],” he revealed. “That’s the other layer that is complex. There’s a difference between healthy eating and healthy outcomes.”
As a proof of his words, Jared Fogle lost 245 pounds eating Subway sandwiches, as well as started to exercise by walking. He cut his daily consumption from 10,000 calories down to 2,000, eating two subs a day, along with baked potato chips and diet soda.
One more person, Chris Voigt, began a two-month, all-potato diet that lead to a 21-pound weight loss and lowered his cholesterol. Now he is the head of the Washington State Potato Commission and managed to get great publicity for his favorite food through the plan.