Hide This

FREEHER HealthToolkit

HER Health Toolkit

Sign up for EmpowHER updates and you'll receive our
FREE HER Health Toolkit

Mental Health

Get Email Updates

Mental Health Guide

Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.

ASK

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!

EmpowHER Guest

ask: Why cant I stop chewing tissue paper? Is it harmful to my body?

By Anonymous
 
Rate This

Add a Comment1 Comments

Pat Elliott HERWriter Guide

Anon - Thank you for submitting such an interesting question. I did some research and learned there are many others who also chew tissue paper and have done so for years.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Discuss:Why_do_people_eat_toilet_paper

Is this dangerous? In terms of the paper itself, it does appear that the body digests it and paper does not lodge in the body and cause harm. On the other hand, the act of eating paper can be a symptom of a couple of conditions that could be a cause for concern. The first one is stress. The second one is a medical condition known as Pica, which is a pattern of eating non-food materials (such as dirt or paper). While this usually occurs with children, it also occurs with adults, and may indicate some type of iron deficiency and possibly anemia. Here's some additional information to help you sort things out:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001538.htm

http://www.eating-disorder.org/pica-eating-disorders.html

Let us know if this helps.
Pat

January 27, 2011 - 5:21pm
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.

Improved

1794 Health

Changed

695 Lives

Saved

555 Lives
7 lives impacted in the last 24 hrs Learn More

Take Our Featured Health Poll

Have you experienced postpartum depression?:
View Results