The Ramen Diet, the Cotton Ball Diet, and 6 Other Extreme Eating Habits
Whether it’s the result of an intense desire to lose weight, the love of a particular food, or simply the lack of exposure to different culinary options, people engage in some pretty bizarre eating behaviors.
An extreme diet for rapid weight loss is never healthy or sustainable. Excluding certain foods may lead to malnutrition, fatigue, or other health issues. Consuming only one food (also known as mono-ing) has grown in popularity as a way to shed pounds quickly. The movement has found internet fame as people upload videos of themselves eating different variations of “mono diets” like the mushroom soup mono, the egg mono, or the oatmeal mono.
Extreme eating habits can also develop when certain tastes or textures are perceived as especially intolerable, limiting the types of foods people can eat. As a result, a reversion back to one comforting food can occur. Georgi Readman, a young woman in the United Kingdom, says she can only eat ramen noodles and claims that “even the thought of other foods makes her sick.”
In other instances, people experience food neophobia, or the fear of trying new or unfamiliar foods. While this fear is more common in children and toddlers, it can also be related to a person’s unwillingness to take risks and experience new sensations.
Regardless of the reasons people undertake these diets, these eight eating habits are undoubtedly extreme.