It isn't exactly food fit for a queen, but it's good enough for 33-year-old Claire Simmons. Claire loves cheese and tomato pizza so much that she's been eating nothing else for 31 years. Which means she's been eating the stuff since she was about 2 years old. That does sound too young to be eating pizza in the first place. But it's not that she doesn't want to eat anything else, it's just that she can't. She shudders at the mere mention of other food and will gag if she puts anything else other than plain pizza in her mouth.
What Claire suffers from is actually known as Selective Eating Disorder. Experts say she's on the road to killing herself with her diet. But she disagrees. According to Claire, she keeps herself healthy by drinking plenty of water and getting lots of exercise. This doesn't convince her GP however, who says that if she keeps this up, the lack of vitamins and minerals will lead to huge problems in the future, such as a stroke or heart attack. Claire can't help it though, given that she's terrified of eating fruits and vegetables. "I get so angry when people think I'm being faddy - this is a real medical condition," she says. She does seem to have made it through 31 years on just pizza, and is still going strong. I wonder how she isn't sick of the stuff, though.
Just last month we wrote about the very similar case of Stacey Irvine, a 17-year-old English girl who has been addicted to chicken nuggets for the last 15 years. Unlike Claire, she has already been hospitalized because of her diet. It seems these cases aren't as rare as we would like to think.