This Guy Has Survived On Nothing But Pizza For 25 Years

Dan Janssen of Maryland has been eating nothing but pizza every day of his life for the past 25 years.

Friend and VICE reporter Justin Levy says that everyone who’s met the 38-year-old woodworker wonders how he is still alive, especially considering he has diabetes.

But outside of his illness and frequently dropping blood sugar levels, Levy writes, Janssen is completely healthy… well, aside from the occasional black out when he’s cooking or driving.

“I’ve been eating pizza exclusively every day of my life for the past 25 years, and I’m not just talking about a slice of pizza every day. I usually eat an entire 14″ pizza, and I only eat cheese pizza. I never get sick of it. If I go to one pizza shop or another brand, it’s like eating a completely different meal,” he told Levy.

Janssen’s suicidal diet began when he was in a very difficult predicament as a teenager: He wanted to become a vegetarian for ethical reasons, but hated vegetables.

So he began surviving on pizza alone.

“Pizza is like sex,” Janssen said, “even when it’s bad, it’s good.”

He says that he’s well-aware that he must come off “like a horribly unhealthy and fat person” but he insists that he has no problem staying thin, active and feeling great throughout the day.

Janssen named Pontillo’s in upstate New York as the best pizza he’s ever had, yet his pallet is tragically limited considering oregano is the only topping he’ll put on his food.

When asked about how his diet affects his diabetes, Janssen shocked Levy by claiming that it has yet to truly harm his cholesterol levels.

“I’ve never gotten a negative reaction except from my first endocrinologist,” he says. “But all the other doctors have said, ‘Your cholesterol is fine. You seem healthy. Keep doing what you’re doing.’ I haven’t had anyone truly concerned about it, except for my fiancée, and she’s not overly concerned.”

Janssen’s fiancée is also vegetarian and, while she isn’t too worried about his health, she is making him see a therapist about his aversion to other foods.

But other than uncovering latent memories about being forced to eat foods that made him sick as a young child a few times, the therapy is in no way about to change his diet.

“In fact,” Janssen said, one of the reasons I like to go see [my therapist] is because she’s in the city and I can go to Joe Squared (a pizza place nearby) after to get pizza.”

It’s safe to say that the most startling revelation from this interview isn’t the diet (this is America, after all) but that someone, a vegetarian no less, is actually about to marry this guy.

We wonder if the two will have any cake on their wedding day, or if they’ll simply eat pizza!

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