A 40-year-old man has revealed he was addicted to raw meat and spent more than $9,000 a year to fund his unusual habit – as he devoured raw chicken with his bare hands.
In the season finale of My Strange Addiction: Still Addicted? of TLC, which aired Wednesday, Weston admits he feasts on at least four pounds of raw meat every week.
“In four years I’ve eaten about 100 raw chickens and never been sick once,” he proudly announces in a spoiler clip shared exclusively with DailyMail.com.
“In fact, I’ve never met any other raw meat eaters.”
Unusual habit: Weston is addicted to raw meat and has eaten about 100 raw chickens in four years
Weston turned to the bizarre diet after his life was turned upside down following a seizure.
Speaking to the camera, his mother Lori reveals: “Weston suffered from a lot of physical ailments. He just couldn’t think clearly, he was lethargic. He just wasn’t in good health.
“Eventually I started to have no energy and my mood was high and low, and I had skin issues all over and breakouts,” he adds. “Things were getting really weird.
“I had this horrible headache, I thought it was an aneurysm or something, then I had a major attack where I fell on my face and broke my jaw at three places and I broke 12 of my teeth in half.”
Weston claims doctors left him in the dark about what triggered his seizure, so he was forced to take matters into his own hands.
“The first place I looked was nutrition,” he continues. “I heard about this diet from people eating raw meat, it was the fastest way to heal your body, the best way to get nutrients, so I went ahead and I rode with it.”
Eating raw or undercooked meat can cause salmonella, a bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract and sends 26,500 people to hospital each year in the United States.
According to the Mayo Clinic, possible symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, headache, and blood in the stool.
Weird diet: 40-year-old says he hasn’t been sick once, despite being at risk of contracting salmonella
Expensive taste: Weston spends $175 a week to fund his raw meat diet, which tops $9,000 a year
Lifestyle change: He turned to his unusual diet after suffering a major crisis, during which he broke 12 teeth in half
Lone Wolf: Weston fell on the raw meat diet after doctors failed to help him figure out what led to his seizure
These signs can last from a few days to a week, although it may take longer for the bowels to return to their normal bowel habits.
Although Weston hasn’t personally met any other raw meat eaters, last month a wellness guru revealed she regularly ate uncooked animal products and claimed it had improved her health.
Emily Ciosek, 31, a Michigan-based health coach, follows a daily diet of raw beef, chicken and pork as well as homemade cheese derived from her own saliva because it ‘adapts the bacteria’ to the needs of his body.
She eats up to seven pounds of raw meat a week, saying it has improved her mental and physical health as well as her spirituality, despite overwhelming health advice to avoid raw meat, especially chicken.
Transitioning to the diet in May 2022, Emily said: “It was so good and I loved it.”
Having started eating raw meat in May 2022, Emily Ciosek now eats about seven pounds a week
The 31-year-old from Michigan regularly eats raw meat and makes her own cheese, which she says has transformed her health
And as if that weren’t enough, a man in Australia was spotted eating raw chicken at a busy Westfield in April, much to the shock of other shoppers.
Elsewhere in the final episode of My Strange Addiction, a woman upsets her family and friends after revealing that she is breastfeeding her husband, and a pillow addict meets a car lover.
TLC’s My Strange Addiction follows individuals as they share their struggle with the obsessive behaviors and weird fixations that are about to take over their lives.
Last week, an American man admitted to being so addicted to smelling, eating and sipping cans of tuna that he consumes 15 a week.
Crazy about fish: a man carries a small can of tuna from his pocket and sniffs it
Weird addiction: A woman who is addicted to toilet paper and spends almost $2,700 a year on it has revealed she sometimes nibbles on the household item ‘before she even brushes her teeth’
According to the tuna lover, ever since he was a child he preferred fish over other types of food – even asking for cans of tuna as Easter and Christmas gifts over toys and chocolate.
Describing why he particularly likes tuna, he cited its “smell, texture, sweetness, moistness and dryness”.
In July, a woman who is addicted to toilet paper and who spends nearly $2,700 a year on it, revealed that she sometimes nibbles on the household item “before she even brushes her teeth”.
“I eat toilet paper as soon as I get up in the morning,” Kinah told the program.
My Strange Addiction: Still Addicted? airs Wednesday, August 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.