According to the Daily Mail, the woman from Bedford, Virginia, could consume about 1.3 kilograms of stone per week. If calculated, she had eaten over than 1,360 kilograms of stone throughout her life.
Widener has a special cabinet to store her favorite stones in the kitchen. She also keeps a special hammer to break the stones into sizes more easily to enter her mouth. “I feel better when knowing that I still have stones in the closet, just a little makes me calm.”
She usually choose stones that are fragile, so that it is easily chewed and swallowed. “Over the last 20 years I ate stones. the number of stones I eat depends on my feelings. If I’m feeling down, I eat a lot more stones,” she said.
Psychologists from the United States, Jason Mihalko, called this abnormalities as Pica. Which is an eating disorder condition in which sufferers likes to eat non-food substances. There are cases where people eat metal, dust, dirt, writing equipment and tree sap.
Mihalko said, there are only very little research on Pica. No one has revealed the exact cause of this disorder. “Some points of the study states due to lack of minerals, while the thought is more associated with obsessive compulsive disorder.”
Pica generally occurs among children aged one year and over, during oral period, in which children like to enter and bite objects around the mouth. Pica can be cured in a matter of months. However, in some cases, this disorder can persist into adulthood.Recent search: eating stones, addicted to eating stones, Addiction to eating stones, eating stones disorder, i eat stonesTagged with: Eating Disorder, Pica, pica eating disorder, Teresa Widener, Teresa Widener eat stones, Teresa Widener eating disorder, Teresa Widener eats rocks, Teresa Widener pica,