The Woman Who Is Addicted To Eating Talcum Powder
by Connor Burke
A mother who, after the birth of her fifth child, started eating her favourite Johnson baby powder claims she can “scoff” an entire bottle in a day. Lisa Anderson began eating the powder 15 years ago due to an “overwhelming” desire to eat it, claiming it “just hit the spot”. Since the start of her addiction Ms Anderson estimates to have spent £8,000 on the bathroom staple.
Believing to suffer from the eating disorder PICA, an eating disorder characterised by a compulsion to eat inedible objects like stones, dust, paint etc, it is most common in people with learning disabilities and during pregnancies. This has caused her to eat talcum powder off of the back of her hand every 30 minutes, sometimes even waking up multiple times in the night to quench her cravings.
Talcum powder is deemed poisonous when inhaled or eaten and has been shrouded in controversy in recent times with the company ‘Johnson & Johnson’ coming under fire recently after trace amounts of asbestos were found in its baby powder.
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