We all have strange obsessions, but this habit is gut churning.
Chinese Girl Eats Dirt
The 18-year-old from Inner
Mongolia was taken to Beijing by her parents, who wanted to know why she finds dirt appetising.
She told Chinese television that she started the habit when she was just 7 years old when she consumed dirt
that was attached to the roots of grass.
Yellow mud is her favourite. Her eating habits have caused problems for the family's
next-door neighbour, who has a mud roof. Chinese television reported that the
help herself and keeps eating his roof.
Li Sanju claims to have survived for two years eating nothing but leaves
and grass. The Chinaman from Niuwei village, Guangdong province, says he is
perfectly happy with his unusual diet. He informed Will and Guy that he
looks no different to other people in his village - but admits he does smell
strongly of grass. 'I watched a TV programme which said a man can live more
than 10 days without food but just water, so I thought I would try living on
the natural things near my home,' he said.
At first, he tried eating grass in a field like cattle - but it tasted
bitter and made him ill, we have found, 'I suspect that the field grass has
been polluted by pesticides, so I changed to the plants in the mountain
behind my house, and I never had any problem,' he added. 'I used to be known
as a sick man in the village, always in hospital, but since I changed my
diet, I've never been to see the doctors. Even the tumour on my right foot
The Local Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital said most of the plants
were edible and not toxic but he did not recommend Li's diet to us, which is
a great relief.
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