A mother who was arrested this week for starving her 16-year old, 40 pound daughter was allegedly obsessed with a doctor who says that being hungry is “wonderful.” Dr. Andrew Chung, a cardiologist who went to Emory Medical School, apparently has a strong following, where he mixes scripture with medical information and tells his followers that they should only eat two pounds of food each day, which is less than half what the average American consumes over that same time period.
Ebony Berry, who is accused of starving her daughter, Markea Blakely-Berry, is friends with Dr. Chung. Markea died this week. Police have questioned the doctor about the young woman’s death. He has a strong following, with 5,300 friends on Facebook. His self-published book is called “Be Hungry,” and is sold at Amazon.com. He also has online videos spreading his message of not eating.
“I’m wonderfully hungry. How about you?” he said during one of his videos.
“Being hungry is wonderful. The opposite of hungry, which is not hungry, is the opposite of wonderful, which is terrible,” he says.
“When we’re 10 times hungrier, doesn’t food tastes 10 times better? And when food tastes 10 tastes 10 times better, that’s wonderful, isn’t it?… It’s a mathematical principle,” he said.
But Dr. Chung won’t take the heat for what happened to this woman and her child. He says that he doesn’t advocate for starvation and that she may have been taking his advice in the wrong way.
“The only thing that can straighten this out… that (police) hear from Ms Berry herself,” he said to a local TV station.
“She’s an ordinary, single mom who’s stressed out.”