Some individuals compulsively eat Argo laundry starch or other starch brands because they suffer from a physiological condition known as pica, which may be caused by a mineral deficiency. When the deficiency is identifie... More » Food Food Facts Dry Ingredients

People who eat toilet paper and other odd items usually suffer from a condition known as pica. Pica is characterized by the compulsion to eat paint, dirt and other non-food items that have no nutritional value. More » World View Social Sciences Psychology

Dogs occasionally eat paper because of a condition known as pica. It causes dogs to consume items other than food and may be related to medical conditions, hunger, boredom, or simply because the dog enjoys the texture an... More » Pets & Animals Pets Dogs
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The ASPCA explains that a dog who frequently eats non-food items such as wood, dirt and rocks is suffering from a condition called pica. In some cases, pica is exacerbated by a lack of exercise, boredom and even anxiety,... More » Pets & Animals Pets Dogs

Chewing ice can be a symptom of iron deficiency anemia but can also be related to pica, a condition in which people crave and chew nonfood items like ice, soil or paper, notes Mayo Clinic. Doctors don't know what causes ... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

People who eat chalk do so either for cultural reasons or because they have pica, which is a kind of eating disorder where people eat something other than food on a regular basis and in large quantities. Other items that... More » Art & Literature Folklore