A woman named Dr. Kaayla Daniel has taken the time to go through the entire new Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs and pull every reference to food, diets, eating, &c.
It comes to 39 roughly chronological instances, spanning across Jobs’ life from his youth to his death.
Reading these 39 passages was pretty troubling. Interspersed in a massive biography, they might be lost or seem fundamentally repetitive enough to skin, but isolated and presented back-to-back, they paint a picture of a guy who was very troubled by food and who was obsessed with it in a totally unhealthy way.
Perhaps it’s true that his obsession was fueled by the mental anguish of his adoption and perhaps his ridiculous and insane practices caused or contributed to his cancer. Tough to say. What’s clear is that it’s more in line with mental illness when pickiness degenerates into a fierce anti-food ideology and paranoia about foods.