Carrot man: a case of excessive beta-carotene ingestion

Int J Eat Disord. 2012 Sep;45(6):816-8. doi: 10.1002/eat.22015. Epub 2012 Mar 19.


In this case report, the authors describe a 48-year-old male who complained to his primary care physician of abdominal discomfort and yellow/orange skin discoloration. Physical examination was normal except for some mild mid-abdominal discomfort (no observed skin color changes). An abdominal CT scan indicated a colon that was full of stool. Laboratory studies indicated elevated liver enzymes. Upon further questioning, the patient reported ingesting 6-7 pounds of carrots per week to facilitate his dieting effort. The patient was diagnosed with constipation, hypercarotinemia, and possible vitamin A toxicity. Following the cessation of excessive carrot ingestion, his liver enzymes normalized within 1 month.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Constipation / etiology*
  • Daucus carota
  • Diet
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / complications*
  • Humans
  • Hypervitaminosis A*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • beta Carotene / blood*


  • beta Carotene