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Pica is a type of eating disorder in which people compulsively eat non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt, paint chips and clay. When you hear the term “eating disorder” it is highly likely that anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder come to mind. Many fail to realize that there are several other clinically recognized eating disorders, including the generally unspoken condition of Pica.

In the following video we discuss the prevalence, causes, complications and treatments associated with Pica in order to raise greater awareness for this condition.

If you or someone you know is currently suffering from Pica, please reach out for help or contact one of the following helplines:

  • Canada: National Eating Disorder Information Centre, 1-866-NEDIC-20
  • USA: National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), 1-800-931-2237
  • UK: Beat Eating Disorders, 0808-801-0677
  • Australia: Butterfly Foundation National Helpline, 1-800-ED-HOPE
     
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