Eating Ice, Diet or Disorder?


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FISHERSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- A controversial diet centers around a negative-calorie food; however, a dietitian in the Valley said it could be a sign of an eating disorder or nutritional problems.

Dr. Brian Weiner, a gastroenterologist in New Jersey and an assistant professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has written a book titled "The Ice Diet." In it, he writes if you eat one liter of ice a day, you'll burn as many calories as you would by running a mile.

Kara Meeks, a dietitian at Augusta Health, says his math is flawed, even though although you might eat less food if you're full of ice.

Many say the diet isn't something they'd try.

"The only time I really eat ice is at the bottom of my summer drink on a really hot day. I guess it would burn calories, but I guess there might be better ways to do that, unless you really just want to sit and relax," said Julia Fudala, who wasn't convinced of the diet's proposed positive effects.

Meeks said excessive ice-eating is a sign of pica, which she said could be a sign that your body is low in iron.


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