A mother has revealed she is addicted to eating talcum powder – and can eat an entire 200g tub in just a day.
Lisa Anderson, 44, started eating the bathroom staple 15 years ago when she felt a sudden ‘overwhelming’ urge to do so while drying off her son after a bath.
Her cravings intensified and now, the mother-of-five admits scoffing talcum powder off the back of her hand every 30 minutes, and even gets up multiple times during the night to eat it.
She claims to have spent at estimated £8,000 devouring her favourite Johnson’s Baby Powder, costing around £10 a week. The longest she claims to have gone without eating talc is two days.
Ms Anderson kept her habit secret for a decade before confiding in her ex-partner, who questioned why she kept sneaking off to the bathroom.
She has now plucked up the courage to get professional help after doctors allegedly told her she may have pica syndrome.
The eating disorder is characterised by a compulsion to eat non-food items, such as paint, dust and dirt.
Talcum powder is deemed poisonous when inhaled or eaten, and has been shrouded in controversy for potentially causing cancer in women who have used the product on their skin for years. But Ms Anderson cannot resist eating it.
Ms Anderson, of Paignton, Devon, said: ‘I do get it’s a bit weird – but it just has this nice soapy taste.
‘I can get through a 200g bottle in a day but the bigger ones I get through about one-and-a-half a week.
‘I remember getting really drawn to its smell. Now I can’t do without it. I go up and get some every half an hour. I can’t really go half an hour without it.
‘The longest I’ve been without it is two days and That was the worst time of my life.’