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How to stop the habit of eating slate pencils?

I get this crazy urge to eat slate pencils. I know i can control beause I bought a pack of slate pencils and resisted eating inspite of having it within my reach. But i could control for jut about ten days and i was back to square one eating them happily. Im worried in wj=hat way it will affect my health and well being. pls advise how to stop this rotten habit. tnx.
Asked On : Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Jun 2015
Hello dear...
The condition of getting urge to eat non-nutritive substance(like slate pencils) is called Pica.
It is usually associated with deficiency of minerals in the body..mostly Iron Deficiency Anemia.
Effects on health due to consumption of such non-nutritive substance may be in the form of infections, intestinal obstruction, malnutrition, etc. in addition to the effects caused by the deficient mineral/nutrient. will be better to get your blood test done to determine your hemoglobin levels.
Management will be directed towards correcting the deficient nutrient in the body.
Best thing is to eat a healthy diet, avoid stress, get good sleep, think positive and stay happy.
Wishing you a Healthy Life.
Take care
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General & Family Physician Dr. Mamun Kabir's  Response
thank you.
eating of unusual things is called pica.
your family member can help you to avoid it.
try to not keep pencil with you.
if it is irresistible then consult a psychiatrist.
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