Eiichiro Oda, the acclaimed author and illustrator of the One Piece manga, has recently revealed a concerning nutritional habit that has affected his health while working on the beloved Shonen Jump series. In a 2022 interview, Oda candidly discussed how his weight has been the most significant change since starting One Piece.
He admitted to working without eating for days and then consuming a large amount of food once he finishes, resulting in weight gain. Although his doctor has warned him about high blood pressure, Oda downplayed its significance, stating that he doesn’t consider it a major issue.
This isn’t the first time Oda has addressed his health struggles in relation to his work on One Piece. Earlier in March, he spoke about his battle with sleep deprivation, a condition that hampers his ability to get sufficient quality rest.
While Oda dismissed concerns about the impact of his eating habits on his blood pressure, he has acknowledged the possibility that the One Piece franchise could continue without him if his health were to deteriorate—a scenario that reminds fans of the late Kentaro Miura and his work on the dark-fantasy manga Berserk.
However, for the time being, Oda remains fully committed to completing the final storyline in the One Piece manga series. Additionally, he is actively involved in the development of the live-action One Piece TV series for Netflix, ensuring that it meets his standards before its release.
Furthermore, the One Piece anime series is building up to an epic conclusion in the Wano Country arc, with one animator even suggesting that it will surpass the impact of acclaimed series like Bleach and Demon Slayer. Despite Oda’s health challenges, his dedication to One Piece and his ongoing involvement in various projects demonstrate his unwavering commitment to his craft. Fans eagerly anticipate the culmination of the manga series and eagerly await further developments in the world of One Piece.