19 years old Tempestt Henderson consumes up to five bars of soap a week

February 9th, 2011 - 10:43 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Florida, Feb 9 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Doctors say a teenager from Florida is eating her way to death.

19-year-old Tempestt Henderson has a strange appetite that sees her eat as much as 5 bars of soap per week. That aside, she also have similar taste for washing powder.

The problem is doctors warn that the high alkaline in the washing products make them poisonous to be consumed. Unless Tempestt get to stop her habit, doctors predict that she could develop metabolism or digestive problems that could kill her.

Tempest says she found washing powders kind of delicious when she first tasted it. She said from that day she has grown from dipping her hand into them to actually consuming them in quantity.

She revealed that, “I remember the first time I dipped my fingers into the washing powder. I dabbed the powder onto my tongue and it tasted so sweet, and salty…it just felt so right. I was hooked straight away.”

According to psychologists Tempestt is suffering from a very rare form of eating disorder called PICA. PICA gets people addicted to eating strange and non-nutritive objects.

She is currently receiving psychological treatment to be able to stop the condition.

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