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Why Is This Florida Woman Addicted to Eating....Sofas?

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"In the last year I’ve eaten seven sofas."

"In the last year I’ve eaten seven sofas," says Adele Edwards, who hails from Bradenton, Florida.

So what's the deal with her sofa-eating addiction, which has plagued her for 21 years? She suffers from a rare disease known as "pica." And if she keeps eating sofas, doctors say that she will die.

'I unzip the cushions and snack on the foam inside. And once I start I just can’t stop.

'But now doctors have told me that if I carry on, my addiction will kill me.'

Pica is a disorder found most commonly in toddlers and pregnant women who lack certain nutrients, causing them to crave non-nutritive substances like chalk, coins, batteries and even dirt.

Sometimes it’s caused by stress, and Adele admits her first time happened during a very emotional period in her life, when her parents were on the brink of divorce.

She tells her story here:

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