A lady who consumes four toilet paper rolls each day is experiencing cravings after being advised to cut back during her pregnancy.
Kinah Moore, from Baltimore, Maryland, spends around £2,000 a year on toilet paper and has Pica, which is defined by the National Eating Disorder Association as eating ‘items that are not typically thought of as food and do not contain significant nutritional value’.
The woman began eating ‘items like baking soda or baking powder’ when she was approximately eight years old before deciding to try toilet paper.
‘It was just a craving that I had. Everything else dissolved so fast. Toilet paper was like the cotton candy that would not melt,’ she recalled on This Morning. ‘I feel fine after I eat it. if I eat too much I’ll be full for hours at a time, but I’ve had no issues at all.’
Kinah admitted her condition can ‘get pretty obsessive’, and revealed she is pregnant which means she’s need to ‘cut back a lot’.
‘It can get pretty obsessive,’ she confessed. ‘I have cut back a lot. If I get a really bad craving, I will chew it up and spit it out. I try to take as many iron supplements as I can.
She added: ‘I still get cravings, but I cut back a lot since the baby. It hurts by heart because I want it every day so much.’
She explained that on a ‘good day’ pre-pregnancy, she would eat ‘a thousand sheets’.
Dr Sara weighed in on the issue during the programme, noting that some people suffering with pica might ‘consume things that are more harmful or more toxic’.
She said: ‘In terms of toilet paper or paper itself… it’s not easily digested by our bodies, so it can cause blockages within our digestive tracks, it can lead to stomach pains, blood in your stool, it can lead to vomiting, constipation, in severe cases it can require surgical intervention.’
When it comes to pregnancy, she added: ‘Affecting the baby: ‘I’f you are eating large amounts, it may replace other nutritious foods.’
Kinah revealed she keeps her eating habits’secret’ when it comes to new dating relationships, but Dr Sara argued people shouldn’t be ‘judgmental’.
The woman said: ‘Definitely in secret for a very long time, which is why my ex-fiance didn’t know about it for a while… People are so judgemental. I’d rather not – if you catch me, you catch me, but it’s just gonna be my thing that I do in secret.’
Dr Sara added: ‘It’s not something we should be judgemental about, it’s not something we should laugh about.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV1.
Source My Celebrity Life.