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Chinese driver faints at the wheel and hits parked car after five days of extreme dieting

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 February, 2017, 12:45pm
UPDATED : Friday, 17 February, 2017, 12:45pm

A man in southwestern China fainted at the wheel and hit a car after five days of dieting to shed his extra holiday weight, Chinese media reported.

Police in Chengdu, Sichuan province, were called last week after road users reported a Land Rover not moving after the traffic lights turned green at a junction, according to the Chengdu Economic Daily.

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Just as officers arrived at the scene, the car started moving slowly towards the side of the road and hit a car parked nearby, the report said.

Officers found a man with his face down on the steering wheel in the car and his foot on the gas pedal.

They broke the car window to gain access to the unconscious man and took him to the hospital.

No one was injured in the accident and the man was discharged from hospital the following day.

The man told police he had eaten too much good food during the Chinese New Year holiday and had starved himself for five straight days in an attempt to lose the extra weight he had piled on.

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He said he was trying a Taoist practice of detoxing own’s body by not eating and drinking only plain water, and that he had once gone without food for an entire week.

This was the first time he had passed out while dieting, he said.