Friday, December 21, 2012
Girl Who eats Dirt Everyday
This 19 year-old Chinese girl Bao Bao is not like other girls her age, she has a very weird habit – eating soil. She started when she was 7 years old, when at a play ground, she felt the urge to taste the soil on the ground. Ever since she had her first bite, she could not stop eating soil.
The girl, called Wuqibalaqiqige, became a minor celebrity after the media broadcast stories about her curious eating habits last year. TV stations as far flung as Hunan, Anhui, Beijing and Shanghai picked up her story, even Japan and South Korea.
The girl said she feels no need to eat normal food now that she has discovered how much she likes to eat soil.
She intends to stick to her diet and challenge the Guinness World Record for eating only soil, which currently stands at 2 months.
Her agent has contacted the Guinness Office in Shenyang and the challenge will kick off in April.
She will also launch a campaign for a charity that helps people suffering from unusual diseases. The girl has already helped a woman who suffered from insomnia for more than 10 years.
“It gives me energy. I can live without rice but not soil. There is only one specific type of soil I would eat, yellowish, soft, and powdery” , she says, “How much I eat everyday is really depends on my appetite, usually half pound to two pounds a day to keep me going.”
According to her 11 years of dirt eating history, this girl has eaten over 3,000 pounds of soil. Friends are often joking about her boyfriend because the “cheap-date” girlfriend he has.