Xiao Ping, an eight-year-old girl in Chongqing Municipality, has eaten up all
her hair in the past two years, her mother told the Chongqing Evening News on
Now Xiao Ping is bald, and Mrs. Li is going public, hoping that some one can
help her rid her daughter of her strange habit.
Xiao Ping, an
eight-year-old girl in Chongqing Municipality, has eaten up all her hair
in the past two years, her mother told the Chongqing News on Monday. Now
Xiao Ping is bald, and Mrs. Li is going public, hoping that some one can
help her rid her daughter of her strange habit. [Chongqing Evening
Two years ago Xiao Ping suddenly tore a tress of hair from her head while
playing in the street, put it in her mouth, chewed and swallowed it. Several
hours later, she fell sound asleep for the rest of the day and through the
night, Li told the newspaper.
When Xiao Ping finally woke up, she gobbled up four bowls of rice. She
usually ate one small bowl. Her sudden monstrous appetite shocked and scared her
Since then, Xiao Ping has frequently felt hungry and feasted on her hair. It
was only a matter of days before she ate up all of her long hair and became
bald. Surprisingly, nothing abnormal seemed to appear with the skin of her head,
even after two years, said Li.
Xiao Ping's teacher told the newspaper Xiao is a lovely girl, but has a hard
time keeping up with her classmates in school and finds it difficult to
concentrate. Her grades are among the lowest in the class.
At first Xiao Ping was ashamed when her classmates made fun of her
hair-eating habit, but as time passed she got used to it. Apart from this
strange habit, she is just a normal kid, added the teacher.
According to Chen Xi, a pediatric expert at Chongqing Children's Hospital,
Xiao Ping might be suffering from allotriophagy, or a desire for improper food,
a disease thought to be caused by organic or psychological changes.
She suggests Xiao Ping be taken to a hospital for a thorough medical