Jade Sylvester, 25, from Gainsborough developed a craving for toilet paper when she was pregnant, a year after giving birth she still eats up to one roll a day.
Quite often pregnant women will get strange cravings for things like chalk, ice, coal and even dirt. Most the time these cravings are symptoms of a nutrient deficiency like iron. But toilet paper is a really weird one.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Sylvester said: “While I was pregnant I went to the loo and looked at the toilet roll and thought ‘I have to eat that.”
She admitted to eating about eight sheets of toilet paper every time she goes to the toilet, and ultimately one whole roll a day.
Sylvester also admitted on Facebook that she likes to chew on sponges, but that she doesn’t eat them. She said: “The worst thing I chew are sponges but I don’t swallow that.” I guess sponges are her equivalent of chewing gum.
She’s getting quite a bit of publicity from here freaky eating habits as she also said on Facebook that she will be appearing on This Morning. I wonder if she’ll appear alongside Katie Hopkins.
Her cravings are part of a condition called Pica, where people have cravings to eat items with little or no nutritional value. These can include stones, sand, paint and dirt.