Dan Janssen has been eating almost nothing but pizza for 25 years, despite having diabetes. He’s also a vegetarian, but hates vegetables.
Dan says he doesn’t eat pizza for every meal, but that he does eat it every day of his life.
After the Vice article came out, the self-declared King of Pizza says it made him “famous” for eating pizza. He says that now, “whenever anyone talks about me in the news, I get ‘you’re our hero! I wish I could do that!’”
But he also gets people saying,“‘You’re horribly unhealthy and you’re gonna die’.” To which Janssen shrugs and says, “Yeah, we’re all gonna die. But I’m gonna die with pizza in my stomach.”
Dan has diabetes, but says the only doctor that isn’t happy with his diet is his endocrinologist. He claims all of his other doctors tell him: “Your cholesterol is fine. You seem healthy. Keep doing what you’re doing.”
His fiancée Madeline on the other hand is worried about his health and has tried to encourage him to eat other things.
Dan is a vegetarian, but doesn’t like vegetables. Madeline attempts to get Dan to put vegetables on his pizza anyway, even though he makes this face when he has to eat them:
“I don’t like vegetables. Why would I eat a pizza with mushrooms when I like a standard cheese pizza?”
Madeline, who says she is a “picky” albeit healthier eater than Dan, finds his pizza eating “really endearing” but she’s also encouraged him to see a therapist about his issues with food.
Dan says that he “recognises that he has a very strong food aversion” and that he doesn’t “eat things that normal people eat.”
The video features Dr. Greg Chasson, who says that food aversions such as Dan’s root back to childhood, and even experiences as an adolescent and adult, but that food aversions such as Dan’s aren’t necessarily a problem “until they become one” and “starts to have an impact on his life.”
Dan says that his pizza diet doesn’t seem to affect his diabetes, and insists that his blood work from his doctors says he’s healthy.
“I do want to try and expand my diet, but pizza will always be a part of who I am.”
Interestingly, despite being the King of Pizza and eating it exclusively for the last 25 years, Dan still manages to burn his mouth on recently cooked frozen pizza.