A skinny Sheffield man who has struggled to put on weight has come up with unique way to pile on the pounds.
Nathan Staniforth, aged 23, from Hackenthorpe, is trying to gain weight by eating snacks from every country in the world and is documenting his experiences on YouTube.
The data analyst began his culinary adventures in February and has since sampled snacks from 18 countries including Japan, Canada and Saudi Arabia.
The short videos, on his YouTube channel Snack Saloon, have already been viewed hundreds of times.
Nathan – who weighs under eight stone but is 5ft 10 inches tall – said he decided to try to gain weight as he was fed up with people pointing out how thin he is.
He said: “People always comment on it and it is quite annoying. I’ve always been like this. I’ve got high metabolism, there is no underlying illness. My mum is the same. I eat normally and am sat at a desk all day but nothing seems to work.
“I would like to gain about 160 pounds if I can.
“I have actually noticed a bit of an improvement so far. I’ve finally started gaining rather than losing it.”
Nathan had the idea for his culinary travels after moving to Texas, America, and saw how diverse the food is in the country.
He said: “After I moved I realised there are so many different types of food over here than back home. Maybe it’s because of immigration, but there’s stuff from all over and I thought it would be fun to give it a try.”
By far the worst snack Nathan has eaten so far was a Taiwanese century egg.
The delicacy is made by preserving eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime and rice hulls for months.
The yolk becomes a dark green to grey colour and has with a creamy consistency while the white becomes a dark brown, translucent jelly with a salty flavour.
Nathan said: “When I bit into the yolk it was so bad, really disgusting. It tasted metallic and raw. I definitely won’t be having that again. I had to go and spit it out.”
But he added: “I try to keep an open mind. Generally I’ll try anything once.
“Japanese sweets are really good, they seem to have really fruity flavours and the packaging is really colourful. I really like Mexican biscuits as well, they’re quite similar to ones from the UK.
“Cadbury’s chocolate is my favourite though. You can’t get it over here as much and if you do find it, its expensive.”
Nathan, who sources snacks from supermarkets and speciality shops, said people had been making suggestions what to try next.
He said: “It’s been great, people seem to enjoy watching it. It’s nice to be told about what I should try next and I already have more than 200 subscribers now.”
“I’ve been told to try some Swedish sweets next. I think I’ll have to rely on the internet to help me find food from some of the more obscure countries as well.”
Watch Nathan’s video’s at http://www.snacksaloon.com/