- A 50-year-old man in Pakistan is addicted to eating trees
- He has been addicted for the past 25 years
- He developed the habit after resorting to eating leaves when he was too poor to buy food
A 50-year-old man in Gujranwala in Pakistan's Punjab province has been addicted to eating tree leaves for the past 25 years.
Mehmood told a local reporter that he first developed the habit when he was too poor to buy food and could not stop even when he found a job.
He said: "There was too much poverty in my family. Everything was beyond limit and it was very difficult for me to get a meal. I thought it is better to eat wood rather than begging on a street."
However, the habit stuck even when he found a job and could afford meals. He said: "Eating wood and leaves has become my habit now."
Neighbors in his community expressed surprise that he has never picked up an illness from his unusual eating habit.
A neighbor, Ghulam Mohammad said: "He will stop his cart on the roadside anytime and will eat fresh tree branches."
Mohammad added: "He has never visited a doctor or any hospital. We are shocked how can a person not fall ill despite eating wood all these years."
Watch Mehmood eating tree leaves in the following video.
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