Woman Spends $10K On Baby-Powder Addiction - Eats A Bottle A Day


A woman with a rare medical condition says she has spent around $10,500 on Johnson's baby powder which she eats every day. 

Lisa Anderson, 44, has a rare compulsion known as Pica to eat inedible objects. It occasionally affects pregnant women. She began eating the talcum powder when she was 29 after using it on her young son following a bath and she now eats the powder from the back of her hand around 40 times a day.

"It just has this nice, soapy taste," she said of her compulsion. "I can get through a 200g bottle a day." She said she remembers being in the bathroom and the smell was overpowering and "a bit of dust" came off the top of the bottle.

"I had this sudden urge to eat it and I just couldn't fight it. I just licked it off my hand and really enjoyed it." Lisa said she can't go "half-an-hour" without it. "The longest I've been without it is two days," she added. "That was the worst time of my life. I hated it." She even wakes up at least four times in the night craving talcum powder.

 Lisa is due to start counseling later this month in an attempt to stop her cravings. People who have inhaled or ingested talcum powder are advised to seek medical help immediately.


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