You may have heard about 19-year-old Floridian Tempestt Henderson, the young woman known for eating soap. In the past few weeks, she's appeared on TLC's My Strange Addiction, and she's also been featured on the Daily Mail. To find out what's really going on, just keep reading.
Tempestt admits that she suffers from a not-uncommon disorder called pica. Pica, instead of freakish or funny, is actually pretty scary for the people who have it. Sufferers feel compelled to eat things that aren't food, and although Tempestt is "addicted" to soap, other people feel as though they have to eat paper, dirt, and even objects like spoons. It can be terrifying, and sufferers often end up hospitalized. Tempestt seems like a smart, kind young woman with a good sense of humor despite her illness. Thankfully, she's on her way to recovery and hasn't eaten soap since September of last year.