Pica is a rare condition that most commonly affects children and pregnant women. People with pica compulsively eat objects or materials that are generally considered to be inedible and have no nutritional value.
Pica can either be temporary or long-lasting, and the ingested items can range from relatively harmless, like ice cubes, to harmful materials like toxic foam or sharp metal objects. If you or someone you know has pica, treatment is available.
Assessing Your Risk of Pica
If you’re concerned about your eating habits and wonder whether you have pica, you can take a self-assessment here. A quiz is not an official diagnosis, but it can help you identify pica symptoms and see whether the symptoms that you have are indicative of this condition. You can use your results as the basis of a conversation between you and your doctor or therapist.