Craving or eating non food items

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Yoshinori Abe

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Yoshinori Abe, MD

Internal medicine

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People with these symptoms also use Ubie's symptom checker to find possible causes

  • I want to eat charcoal

  • I want to eat the soil

  • Eat something strange

  • I want to eat paper

  • I want to eat chalk

  • I want to eat clay

  • Eat strange things

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Craving or eating non food items

Possible Causes

  • Anemia

    Anemia is a disorder in which the body's tissues don't get enough oxygen due to insufficient healthy red blood cells. There are several types anemia with various causes, the most common being iron-deficiency anemia which is a result of insufficient iron. Iron is required to produce haemoglobin, a substance in the red blood cells which help carry oxygen.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Have you had cravings to eat non-food items such as soil, paper or clay?

  • Do you have whitish, curd-like substances on the tongue or surfaces of the mouth?

  • Do you have dry mouth?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have slurred speech?

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