19 Pounds

From the excellent book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach:

The all-time record holder [of overeating] would appear to be a twenty-three-year-old London fashion model whose case was described in the April 1985 Lancet. At what turned out to be her last meal, the young woman managed to put away nineteen pounds of food: one pound of liver, two pounds of kidney, a half a pound of steak, one pound of cheese, two eggs, two thick slices of bread, one cauliflower, ten peaches, four pears, two apples, four bananas, two pounds each of plums, carrots, and grapes, and two glasses of milk. Whereupon her stomach blew and she died. (The human gastrointestinal tract is home to trillions of bacteria, which, should they escape the confines of their stinky, labyrinthine home, create a massive and often fatal systemic infection.)


~ by herodotuswept on November 14, 2008.

One Response to “19 Pounds”

  1. I love this book. Mary Roach is amazing. Her other book Spook is worth the read also.

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