- Poverty forced Mehmood Butt to eat leaves, wood when he was 25
- When he could afford meals, he maintained his unique eating practice
- He has never visited a doctor as he has never fallen sick
"There was too much poverty in my family. Everything was beyond limit and it was very difficult for me to get a meal, so I thought it is better to eat wood rather than begging on a street," Mr Butt said.
"Eating wood and leaves has become my habit now," Butt was quoted as saying by 'The News International'.
Years later, as he took up work and could afford meals, he found himself strangely keen on maintaining his unique eating practice, the report said.
Mehmood Butt cites wood from Banyan, Tali and Suck Chain trees were his favourites. He is popular in his area for his eating habits as people see him munching leaves but never taking ill, the report said.
"He has never visited a doctor or any hospital. We are shocked how can a person not fall ill despite eating wood all these years," his neighbour Ghulam Mohammad said.
"He will stop his cart on the roadside anytime and will eat fresh tree branches," Mr Mohammad said.