What the condition ‘pica’ is and what its main characteristics are.

Pica is a type of eating disorder involving consumption or chewing of nonfood items without nutritional value. A person may chew paper, soil, ice, or clay.

I’d also like to know what the main dangers of the condition are.

Eating nonfood things can cause life threatening conditions, including;

  • Choking
  • Intestinal blockages
  • Parasitic infections
  • Food poisoning

The story will discuss the association between pica and iron deficiency. Any information on the topic would be greatly appreciated.

Iron deficiency is associated with pica because the abnormal cravings could be an indicator that the body wants to replenish its limited nutrient levels. Some individuals may develop this condition because of lacking proper food or overly-restrictive diets, thus finding a way to stay full. Moreover, people with Obsessive- compulsive disorder or schizophrenia may acquire pica as a way to cope with their condition.

Anastasia Filipenko

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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