Do you want some chalk with your cheese? A mother from London eats a packet of CHALK a week.
Chalk is typically reserved for writing on blackboards in dusty classrooms but for Anne Brobby, 44, it is a delicious snack.
The mother-of-one wolfs down a packet of chalk, typically containing 12 sticks, every week and has done since she was a toddler.
She said: “It has to be white chalk, I don’t like the coloured chalks – they have a different texture.
“I usually snap the chalk before I eat it to make sure it’s the right sort of texture. I love the feel of it in my mouth, I find it difficult to even talk about it without craving some more.
“I get through about a pack a week – I try not to eat it every day but then I end up having a binge.”
The chalk-mad mother plans to try chalk and cheese together, even though they are considered to be complete opposites.
Miss Brobby, of north London, said: “In fact chalk and cheese are both creamy textures, so they might go well together.”
Miss Brobby has craved the taste of chalk ever since she was a child. Her habit was sparked when she began nibbling on wall plaster when she was a toddler.
She said: “I just loved that chalky texture of the walls but I ended up getting poorly and had to go to hospital with lead poisoning. After that my parents put pepper on the walls to stop me chewing them, so I switched to chalk.”
Miss Brobby, a professional singer, said her habit meant that when she gave birth to her daughter, the baby was covered in a white chalky substance.
She said: “It was a bit scary she looked like she was covered in chalk, which made me feel quite guilty. The baby was completely white – my mother said it must have been all the chalk I was eating.
“She is perfectly healthy and it has never caused me any problems with my health.
Miss Broby said she tries to keep her bizarre compulsion secret now that her daughter is old enough to realise what she is doing.
She said: “I know it’s a habit – but I’m trying to cut down.”
Chalk is pure calcium so it is perfectly fine to eat. People with calcium deficiencies have been known to eat it by the box.
Other strange eating addictions have drawn people to consume clay, soil, metal, sand and even glass.
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