Bedford’s Rock Lady to Be Featured on ABC’s 20/20 - - ABC13

Bedford’s Rock Lady to Be Featured on ABC’s 20/20

Teresa Widener Teresa Widener

Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Daniel Heffner

Bedford,VA -A Bedford woman known for her appetite for eating rocks will share her story with 20/20 Friday night. ABC 13 News first shared Teresa Widener's story with you a year ago when she was featured on the TLC show "My Strange Addiction." She says a lot has changed since then.

Widener has gotten a lot of attention in the Bedford area for her choice in dining. She went on a reality radio show and is a bit of a local celebrity. Not all the attention has been good, and now she hopes to put her love of rocks to some good use.

Widener has a condition called Pica, described as having an appetite for strange objects in her case that's rocks.

"I think it tastes good. I've said I think it has an earthy flavor," said Widener.

There's a reason for that "earthy flavor. Widener does not wash the rocks before she eats them.

"I don't like the rocks washed. They don't taste the same if you wash them," said Widener.

Widener also has a very selective palate; she only craves granite or slate rocks. Since she was features on ABC 13, she has moved, got married to a man who embraces her cuisine of choice, and has another grandchild on the way.

She will now be featured on a 20/20 special Friday night featuring people with addictions. But not all the fame has been good.

"Some of my family members don't like the attention it draws. They get stopped and people ask, 'Is she kin to you?'" said Widener.

Widener says she has cut back but can't see herself stopping.

"I don't want to, no! I'm just being honest," said Widener.

She now hopes her notoriety for munching on rocks could help others.

"I would like to have a website or chat with anyone who has Pica. I would like to help them know they are not the only ones who have it," said Widener.

One of the most common questions people ask is how are Widener's teeth? With the exception of a few, they are perfectly fine. Widener's story will air Friday night on ABC's 20/20 at 10 p.m.

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