Pica is an unofficial eating disorder which involves consuming items that are not usually considered as food and which doesn't contain substances with a nutritional value to the person.
Pica is the persistent intake of foods or substances that have no nutritional value. Sand, paint, plastic, hair, metal, ice, soap and a wide range of other items that we society would not consider to be edible or food. Pica can cause a range of potentially life threatening medical complications such as anemia, intestinal blockages, or body toxicity from ingested substances. This eating disorder occurs most frequently in children and sometimes pregnant women. In most cases the condition is temporary however early treatment can help you circumvent the more serious side effects of an advanced condition.
Eating disorder treatment is determined by the type of disorder and the symptoms you are experiencing. It typically includes a combination of psychological counselling or psychotherapy, nutrition instruction, medical monitoring, and, in some cases, medication.
Other health issues caused by an eating disorder must also be addressed as part of eating disorder therapy, as they can be severe or even fatal if left untreated for too long. If your eating disorder does not improve with conventional treatment or poses a health risk, you may require hospitalization or another type of inpatient program.
A systematic approach to eating disorder treatment can assist you in managing symptoms, regaining a healthy weight, and maintaining your physical and emotional health.