I'm addicted to eating sellotape: The 23-year-old who munches her way through 6,000ft of tape a month
16:20 GMT, 11 September 2012
From cat food to talcum powder, unusual addictions are just getting stranger.
And now, meet Andrea from Marrietta in Georgia, America: the woman so addicted to eating sellotape that she nibbles her way through 6,000ft of tape every month.
'I am addicted to eating tape. If I see tape in front of me I will pick it up and just start chewing. I have to have it,' she said speaking on Discovery Real Time show 'My Strange Addiction.'
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Andrea has been addicted to tape for 9 years and eats 6,000 ft every month, even whilst studying
Andrea can be seen on the documentary nibbling on a piece of sellotape, which she says tastes like chemicals
The 23-year-old's addiction began nine years ago and has progressively worsened.
'The first time that ate tape was when I was out of gum, and there was tape.
'I took a piece, chewed it, and I have been chewing tape ever since,' she said.
She now eats about three rolls of sellotape every day, whether it's whilst watching TV or when chatting on the phone to friends, Andrea is hooked.
Andrea carries round a sellotape holder with her so she can get her fix at all times
She is seen on the documentary nibbling on the tape whilst studying, and even has her own wristband containing sellotape so that she can get her fix on the go.
Speaking to the camera she demonstrates how she eats the tape. She said: 'I usually take about this much of tape (around four centimetres) and I just put it in my mouth and start chewing.
'It’s just sticky when I first put it in my mouth. It has more of a chemical type taste to it.
'Sometimes it tastes like glue. I usually chew it for about 30 seconds.
'That piece will eventually dissolve, break-up. I swallow pieces of it, and I just put in another piece of tape,' she said.
‘My Strange Addiction’ premieres on Discovery Real Time on Tuesdays at 9.00pm and 9.30pm