Man eats sand and gravel for 25 years as doctors diagnose bizarre eating disorder

This man scoffs a plate of gravel and sand every day and say he has never been sick.

Hans Raj is addicted to the bizarre snacks and says he has been eaten them for over 25 years.

The 45-year-old’s odd habit has gained him the nickname “sand man” in his village and he even travels around to collect different sands, gravels and fragments of bricks to try.

Mr Raj, who claims he has never suffered any health complications from his strange diet, said: “I have been eating bricks and rocks for around 25 years now.”I love eating them. I don’t think they have been any harmful effects on me.”I started at a young age. Now it feels like all this is very normal to me. In my opinion, minerals in sand give me energy as do bits of masonry. I have suffered no problems in stomach and mouth. My teeth are absolutely fine. I can bite into the hardest stone without a problem.”

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Doctors in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in northern India where he lives have suggested his cravings could be down to a condition called Pica, an eating disorder which sees people develop appetites for normally non-edible objects.

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