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Pica is quite an interesting eating disorder. This disorder is characterized by an appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive, such as paper, clay, metal, chalk, soil, glass, or sand.

There are several sub types of this disorder which include

Amylophagia (consumption of starch)
Coprophagy (consumption of feces)
Geophagy (consumption of soil, clay, or chalk)
Hyalophagia (consumption of glass)
Lithophagia (a subset of geophagia, consumption of pebbles or rocks)
Mucophagy (consumption of mucus)
Consumption of paint.
Pagophagia (pathological consumption of ice)
Self-cannibalism (rare condition where body parts may be consumed)
Trichophagia (consumption of hair or wool)
Urophagia (consumption of urine)
Xylophagia (consumption of wood or paper)

There's a link between this eating disorder and mineral deficiency. Often the substance eaten by someone with pica contains the mineral in which that individual is deficient (iron, magnesium etc).

Below are some pictures of the stomach contents of several patients with pica.







However, pica can also be a cultural practice not associated with a deficiency or disorder such as the ingestion of kaolin (white clay) among African women.


I think I'll make more posts about weird medical stuff in the future as I find it fascinating that the human mind is capable of so many odd things.
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You know these things? They taste fucking DELICIOUS. I haven't had them for years, but I remember collecting these for consumption as an elementary school kid.
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You know these things? They taste fucking DELICIOUS. I haven't had them for years, but I remember collecting these for consumption as an elementary school kid.


Are those the starch foam ones? My cat use to love those things.
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Are those the starch foam ones or polystyrene?


....Sorry, no idea. All I remember is feeling sad that no one took my offer to try one.
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That silverware picture is quite impressive especially if it was all in the persons stomach at one time, my mind is baffled at how that would work though.
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What about the gasoline drinkers? No shoutout for them? xD
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That silverware picture is quite impressive especially if it was all in the persons stomach at one time, my mind is baffled at how that would work though.


Here's an x-ray of the patients stomach with all the silverware inside.

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As a kid I had pica and would get caught eating this all the time.


As a teen the disorder morphed into craving fine grade sand paper, emery boards, and brittle brick mortar. I eventually stopped in high school b/c I thought I was going to ruin my teeth. I think it was a texture thing for me as to why I was attracted to each of these things.

I'm fine now though haha.
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RavingDragon wrote:


Nomad9931 wrote:

That silverware picture is quite impressive especially if it was all in the persons stomach at one time, my mind is baffled at how that would work though.


Here's an x-ray of the patients stomach with all the silverware inside.



Would they have to surgically remove all of that?
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Would they have to surgically remove all of that?


Yes it was all removed by surgery. There's no way it can come back up without doing serious damage to the esophagus or go further down for that matter.
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Throughout my childhood, I had xylophagia, and I specifically ate paper. It stopped during puberty. Albeit very briefly, I also used to eat coins and plastic gems when I was around four and five.
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A little less of an odd example, but i would often consume the waxy goop that was entire tubs of lip gloss and the waxy cylinders that were tubes of lip balm, and I mean yes, nearly in their entirety. They tasted like candy to me.…
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What.
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i know there's a pokemon joke in here somewhere....


(pica- CHEEEEEEEEEEW)
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