Q. How to come out of eating non-food items?

Answered by
Dr. Swapan Banerjee
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 08, 2016 and last reviewed on: Feb 19, 2020

Hello doctor,

I fairly often ingest such things as paper, rubber bands, fingernails, scabs or dead skin, string, grass, small amounts of wood, certain rubbers and plastics. Although I do not have cravings for non-food items or ingest them in large amounts. I do not eat dirt, rocks, metal or tough things. This is obviously not normal for an 18 year old. Am I suffering from pica? Please help.

Dr. Swapan Banerjee

Dietician Fitness Expert Nutritionist
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your disorder.

  • Yes, you are suffering from pica, disorder of eating non-food items with no nutritive value.
  • You understand that this is a bad habit and still you chew all these unwanted materials.
  • In near future you would develop some infections inside stomach and intestinal like GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or some more GI disorders due to unhygienic practices.
  • So, try to abstain from these safely otherwise it may also develop severe ulcer and it can even lead to cancer.
  • I also advice to consult your nearest psychologist or counselor who can guide you mentally to control and abstain from this bad habits.

For further information consult a general practitioner --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/general-practitioner


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