A woman obsessed with eating cutlery had to go under the knife to remove 78 forks and spoons from her stomach.

Doctors said every time Margaret Daalman, of Rotterdam, Holland, would sit down for a meal, she would ignore the food and "eat" the silverware instead.

The 52-year-old eventually went to hospital complaining of a stomachache and was rushed into surgery after an X-ray revealed the dozens of forks and spoons clanking inside her.

"I felt an urge to eat the silverware. I could not help myself," Daalman told doctors.

Rotterdam was eventually diagnosed with a "borderline personality disorder." She has since made a full recovery and is responding well to therapy.

Click here to read more and see a photo of the X-ray from The Sun.