Hi. Confession time. I have a strange little obsession with Pica, a disorder which causes a person to crave and eat inedible substances. I’ve been trying to understand it since Pysch 101. It’s been linked to iron deficiencies, neurological problems or chemical imbalances but it can also just be an acquired taste. So basically anything can cause you to wake up one morning and start craving roadkill like this pregnant woman. WHAT? FRIGHTENING. We’ve seen and heard about quite a few people with this disorder thanks to TLC’s “My Strange Addiction.” There have been toilet paper eaters, couch cushion munchers and bathroom cleaner lickers. But the latest Pican (please indulge me and let me tell you about yet another) to share her story is 45-year-old Virginia woman Teresa Widener who has a fondness for chomping on rocks. Keep reading »
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Dental nurse Kerry Trebilcock has eaten 4,000 sponges and over 100 bars of soap, but it hasn’t been in the name of oral hygiene.
The Sun reported that Trebilcock, 21, suffers from pica, a rare disorder that causes sufferers to crave non-food items. In Trebilcock’s case, this means washing sponges and organic soap. She told the Sun that she began to have these bizarre cravings in 2008, after contracting hookworm in Morocco. “I didn’t want to tell anyone as I felt like a freak,” she said. “But after a week I’d eaten nine sponges and over a pound of organic soap.” Read more …