Mum spends £8k on dependancy to consuming BABY POWDER – and scoffs a bath a DAY

A MUM has spent £8,000 on a weird dependancy which sees her eat a bath of TALCUM POWER daily.

Lisa Anderson, 44, began consuming the toilet staple 15 years in the past when she felt the urge whereas drying off her son after a shower.

Lisa has spent over £8,000 on her dependancy
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Lisa scoffs talcum powder in her home
Lisa first developed signs of PICA syndrome again in 2004
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She has since spent at estimated £8,000 on Johnson’s Child Powder, sneaking to the toilet to scoff it off the again of her hand each 30 minutes.

Lisa, of Paignton, Devon, stated: “I do get it’s a bit bizarre – but it surely simply has this good soapy style.”

She stated: “I’ve all the time had it in the home and would douse myself with it after having a shower or bathe.

“After which sooner or later I keep in mind being within the toilet and the scent was simply overpowering.

“There was a little bit of mud that had come off the highest of the bottle.

“I had this sudden urge to eat it and I simply couldn’t combat it. I simply licked it off my hand and actually loved it. It simply hit this spot.

“Similar to somebody with an dependancy, I used to be simply having an increasing number of every time I went to have some.

“The longest I’ve been with out it’s two days. That was the worst time of my life. I hated it.”

Medical doctors imagine that Lisa could have PICA syndrome in addition to OCD and iron deficiency.

PICA syndrome is an consuming dysfunction that’s characterised by the need to eat objects with no dietary worth equivalent to stones, sand, paint and talcum powder.

Lisa saved her situation secret for 10 years till her ex-partner stormed into the toilet having grown suspicious of her common visits.


Lisa first developed signs of PICA syndrome in 2004 only a few days after giving delivery to her fifth baby.

It was not till she visited her GP final 12 months that medical doctors recognized the attainable causes – iron deficiency, OCD and PICA syndrome.

PICA syndrome is an consuming dysfunction characterised by a compulsion to eat non-food objects equivalent to paint, mud, and grime.

It’s commonest in individuals with studying disabilities and through being pregnant.

Her behavior isn’t with out well being dangers – talcum powder is a powder constituted of a mineral referred to as talc, a clay mineral made up of silicon, magnesium, and oxygen. It’s thought the mineral is toxic to the physique if both inhaled or consumed.

Respiration issues are the commonest aspect impact in addition to a cough and eye irritation.

However it could possibly additionally trigger chest ache and even lung failure in addition to low blood strain, convulsions, diarrhoea and vomiting.

She has been referred by her GP for counselling, as a result of begin this month.

Lisa stated: “Regardless of doing this for years and years I sat down earlier this 12 months and thought this simply can’t be regular.

“My companion doesn’t like me doing it due to the hyperlinks it has to most cancers and the impression it could possibly be having on my well being.

“I went on-line and did my very own little bit of analysis then I made a decision to go to my GP.

“I simply need to elevate consciousness to others.

“I spent years not figuring out what was occurring or taking place.

“However it seems it’s a situation. And I simply need to let others know they don’t seem to be alone.”

An old picture of Lisa
Lisa’s dependancy started 15 years in the past after the delivery of her fifth baby
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Mum of five sits with bottles of talcum powder
Lisa can get by way of a 200g bottle of talcum powder in a day
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