Zhang Yue has been stuck with a bizarre addiction – he can’t stop eating liquid detergent. The 31-year-old from southwest China’s Chongqing city said it all started in 2012: what initially began with a few sips later turned into an uncontrollable appetite for anything from dishwashing liquids to shampoos.
Zhang’s obsession with consuming detergents has gained him an unusual fame but that has come with a cost. His habit, he said, has turned away women, making his love life unstable.
To see if there were any solutions to his detergent craving, he has visited many hospitals, but the checks showed him in good health.
Doctors say he could have a condition called pica, an eating disorder that is characterized by the desire to eat items with little or no nutritional value, including stones, sand, paint, and in this case, detergent.
However, the disorder is rarely seen in adult men, and mostly affects children and pregnant women.