So it's just not pregnant women who eat weird things.
Emma Thompson has got a thing for sponges, which has been her guilty pleasure since she was three. The Wallsend, North Tyneside resident loves to eat sponges soaked in a dish washing liquid called Fairy Land and eats up to 20 of them in a day. This 23-year-old woman is suffering from a condition called Pica, which is a kind of like OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) which makes the sufferers crave things that have no nutritional value at all.
H/T: Daily Mail
Emma Thompson told the Daily Mail,"I enjoy the taste of it, I enjoy it more than food. Some people go out for a steak, I would rather go out for a sponge.It's a guilty pleasure, some people smoke - I eat sponges. It's not a dirty habit, it's a clean.My friends takes the mick out of me and say: "Are we going to have sponge and chips for tea?". I chew it and sometimes I swallow it. I like the smell and taste of the washing up liquid on the sponge. It tastes like apples, it's quite foamy. My mouth gets full of foam."
"If I see them in the shop and I need one, I buy one and eat it dry until I get home to stop the craving. Every time I am running a bath, I go to make a sponge and sit it on the side of the bath. I'm in my element when I'm in the bath." Emma speaks about her bizarre addiction. Her boyfriend Alex thought her habit to be weird at first, but eventually he buys sponges for her.
Doctors have warned her about the side effects of consuming dish washing liquid such as diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and nausea. But she loves what she loves and has no plans to give up on eating sponges. "People say what are you going to do if you get pregnant as woman sometimes eat them when they are pregnant. But I eat them all the time. When people find out about it they call me weird. They are shocked by it and ask lots of questions.I think there's a lot of people who do it but won't talk about it." is all she has to say to her questioners.