Sponge Eating WierdoI'm 16 nearly 17 and since the beginning of primary school I've eaten sponge, when I can get it it's also cement, sand and fabric. When I was 7/8 I thought I kept it a secret but then in year 7, some of my friends used to start saying 'can you remember when you eat sponge?' Obviously, I disagreed and said I just picked at it but they still say it sometimes to this day, nobody knows I still do it, or atleast I don't think they do.
I thought I was just a freak and so I never thought anything of it, but when I did do research and found out about 'PICA' I thought maybe I actually have it, not sure if I do but it'd make sense.
I don't get regularly ill except from stomache cramps that make me practically double over, I'm not anorexic or obese or anything else and I feel fine most of the time, but, something i've read has scared me because it mentioned that this could kill you? Is this true? can it?
Now I'm really scared, I don't think it's a 'crave' because my mouth doesn't 'fill with saliva' like others have said, but, I do see and put it in my mouth.
I'm not sure, it's all really confusing but can somebody give me as much information/adivce as possible?
I don't think my family knows about this and I really don't want to go to a doctor because everybody would just say that I'm attention seeking because that's just what the world is like, I know it.
So, can anybody offer me any advice? & tell me if it's seriously damaging me? I doubt it though because it's been happening for over 10 years and I feel ok?