Pica is an eating disorder characterized by ingestion of non-nutritive, non-food substances. It is a risky and problematic disorder with many poor outcomes.
Pica is more common among certain groups:
- Children under 10
- People with autism
- People with intellectual disabilities
- Pregnant women
It's important to note that infants under age 2 who put things in mouth and accidentally ingest things does not count as pica.
Pica is the only major eating disorder that can be diagnosed with other eating disorders when applicable. All other eating disorders are mutually exclusive.