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Teen girl addicted to eating soap

A 19-year-old girl in the US is getting treatment for her addiction of eating soaps and detergent powders.

world Updated: Feb 09, 2011 01:43 IST

A 19-year-old girl in the US is getting treatment for her addiction of eating soaps and detergent powders.

Tempestt Henderson, from Florida, eats up to five bars of soap a week and washing powder as well, the Daily Mail reported.

According to doctors, the toxic compulsion is a rare medical condition, PICA, which causes an appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive.

People suffering form PICA have been known to compulsively eat metal, coins, chalk and batteries. It can often be caused by a mineral deficiency, which explains why pregnant women often crave eating coal when needing iron.

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