What's the harm in Breatharianism?

Breatharianism or inedia is the belief that the human body can exist without sustenance (food and/or water) for great periods of time. Needless to say, this can end tragically.  

Here are 3 people who were harmed by their own or someone else's belief in Breatharianism.

Timo Degen

Age: 31
Munich, Germany

March 1997

After he learned of Breatharianism from a website, this kindergarten teacher decided to try it out. He was fasting for three weeks when he had to be hospitalized in a coma, and later died.   

Verity Linn

Age: 49
Forres, Scotland

September 16, 1999

She learned of breatharianism via the internet, and decided to go into a complete fast while on a camping trip. Her body was found two weeks later.   

Lani Marcia Roslyn Morris

Age: 53
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

August 1998


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