Death by Celery: Man on Celery Diet Found Dead


Steve Hill, a neighbor of Thomas, noticed that Thomas had not left his home in several days. "Bo usually went on his celery run each day about the time I did my relaxin' on my porch. I noticed his pickup hadn't moved in several days," said Hill.

Thomas, having read that celery takes more calories to digest than it contains, decided to go on a "celery diet." Celery diets have become mainstream, as part of the "negative calorie diet" revolution. Thomas made a daily pilgrimage to the local Walmart for fresh celery.

Stacy Fears, who works in the produce section of Wal Mart, saw Thomas just about every day. "He'd come in around 6pm and buy 10 to 13 stalks of celery. He was always very pleasant and it did look like he was losing weight," stated Fears.

Celery - can be lethal
Celery - can be lethal
Bo Thomas knew how to have fun
Bo Thomas knew how to have fun

The official report from the coroner's office listed the cause of death as "starvation." Further details of the report revealed that Thomas had eaten so much celery that his body used up all its energy trying to digest the celery. The report went on to state that "the energy stores were overtaxed with processing the celery. This caused a lethal negative calorie state that was unsustainable by the body, resulting in death."

Before going on any diet, especially "extreme diets" or fad diets, please consult your physician.

A lifestyle change that embraces health and fitness is a much better alternative than "dieting".

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tmbridgeland 6 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

Wow. Starved to death. Remind me to stop eating veggies.

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Ironracer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

tmbridgeland - not the veggies that were the problem - moderation, I'd say :) Thanks for stopping by.

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Kevin Lam 6 years ago

Well I guess I'm never going to eat celery anymore.

BTW this is a great article I never heard of the negative calorie diet before.

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Ironracer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks, Kevin Lam, for stopping by :) You can still eat celery, just not as sole diet food!

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Jaynie2000 6 years ago

This is a mean thing to say, but it sounds like natural selection to me. How do people fall for this stuff?

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Ironracer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Jaynie2000! That is kind of mean, but true :)

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Bendo13 6 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

Wow people really take things to the extreme! I'm glad this isn't a huge craze, I hope people see that it's not healthy.

A BALANCED diet and staying active is and always will be the best way to stay fit.

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glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

I almost thought this was a joke and I feel bad that I laughed at the title :( Thanks for posting this because I'm sure this guy isn't the only guy who's tried this!

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Ironracer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

@Bendo13 - thx for the comment! Yes, a balanced diet and active lifestyle is the key!

@glassvisage - lol, I'm sure this isn't the only guy that tried this either. Don't feel bad - it might be fiction, based on fact :)

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Jaynie2000 6 years ago

It does sound a bit like urban legend. Hopefully it is.

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Ironracer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Jaynie2000 - there's nothing urban about Clarksville, Arkansas :)

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Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California

You need a certain amount of calories to keep your body functioning & to stay healthy and fit...Getting those calories from nutritious foods is key, not starving yourself....

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Ironracer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Alternative Prime - yep, without calories we'll starve. A balanced diet with exercise is more effective than these fad diets.

Brett Clarke 5 years ago

I believe avoiding ready-made foods will be the first step so that you can lose weight. They will often taste excellent, but processed foods possess very little vitamins and minerals, making you feed on more to have enough power to get over the day. If you are constantly eating these foods, moving over to whole grain products and other complex carbohydrates will aid you to have more power while taking in less. Interesting blog post.

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Ben 4 years ago

i had to laugh when i read that the cause of death was starvation...because, it was way more likely to have been sever bowel obstruction or pesticide poisoning!! there are people that do water fast for up to a month (granted they are NOT novices to fasting and clean eating) and they don't "starve"!

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