While you may have a hard time resisting that favourite food of yours for the sake of staying healthy, a 99-year-old man from Jharkhand’s Sahebganj district eats 1 kilogram of mud every day and still lives a perfectly healthy life.
Karu Paswan, who claims that he was born in the year 1919, is just 1 year shy of turning 100. His addiction to mud eating tragically began when he was 11-years-old as his family was too poor to afford food.
What began as an act out of helplessness ended up becoming a compulsion. He told ANI:
I was really frustrated with my financial condition, as I had to feed ten children. I wanted to die and hence started eating mud. But later I developed an addiction to it and now could not refrain myself from having it.
Though his family has tried to stop him from continuing this bizarre habit, Karu Paswan believes that he can’t live without eating mud. This weird obsession is believed to be a form of Pica syndrome, in which a person develops an appetite for things without any nutritional value.
Strangely enough, Bihar’s Sabour Krishi Vidyalaya awarded Karu Paswan in 2015 for this weird habit.