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Im 16 and since i was 9 ive eaten the spongy stuff out of chairs, mattresses, washing sponges, etc. Anything with the foam stuff. I need help though. I cant stop. Ive eaten hair rollers. One time i even ate the stuffing out the front of my purse. Its a serious problem b/c i dont know what its doing to my body. I tried to google it, what harmful chemicals are in sponge, but stupid mattresses kept popping up. I use think about how i though i was the only person in the world with this problem. I was so relieed to find other people. But i still need help. Im only 16, this cant last forever :(

Bethany505 Bethany505 16-17, F 50 Responses Nov 26, 2009

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Im 23 will be 24 in sept. I started chewing on plastic ware when i was about 7. Over the years ive start to ingest memory, Styrofoam cups, plates, and certain plastics. I love Styrofoam plates the best, an at one point i would eat a pack of 30 a week. I love everything about it, but it did tear my mouth up, and other unmentionable things smh I really thought i was the only one who dealt with this issue. I have desperately tried to stop several times, but the craving always returns. I too am anemic, so i assuming that is what causes pica. Has anyone successfully stopped all together? Would this be considered an addiction?

Well I don't eat then but I smell them. I don't know if I'm hurting my body. Each one has a different smell. And Im not sure if some of them have second hand in them. Idk what to do. I need some help

I have the same problem I eat car seats insides of my bras hair rollers it's crazy

Hello, my name is Lily. I have been chewing on things since I was very young; pens, styrofoam, pillow stuffing, paper, any kind of fabric, etc. I rip open my covers, pillows and my stuffed animals and chew the stuffing. I don't know how to help it. My sister says that I will get sick if I continue doing it. I don't know if she's right, do you? PS:I do not eat the stuff, I just chew it.
Thank you.

I have the same issue as everyone else. I am also anemic and I have been craving it since I was little. It went away for awhile but after my pregnancy it came back.

Please stop this habit immediately and spread the word. It is very dangerous. I lived in Uganda for 3 months last year teaching, and one of my former students, Sarah (9 years old) just passed away from eating her foam mattress. She was diagnosed with malaria being the cause of her death, but the autopsy report came out differently. The X-Ray showed her stomach and intestines filled with foam, which led to clogging of her bile duct , and eventually her liver shutting down.

I was shocked to hear that this could actually cause death. Obviously our circumstances are MUCH different here in the States, and I'm sure foam is probably made of different things in Africa not to mention our emergency health care systems are
Worlds more effective.

That being said though it is a scary habit and you never know... please be careful!!

OmG my name is Annie and it have the same stupid problem.

Hello, my name is Shevelle and I truly understand what you are going through! I, too am Sickle Cell Anemic and now that I am 36 years old, I am still having those strong cravings to this day of wanting to chew on foam. I don't understand it myself, but I am trying mentally to not think about it and I've done good for awhile. My mom gets angry if she sees any foam that looks like it has been ripped to shreds or if she sees a hair roller laying around. I simply have gotten to the point that I'm grown, with s 10-year-old son, and sometimes I do buy small pieces of foam from the store and chew on them every once in awhile and then I flush down the toilet, put it in the garbage can and move on. No one will understand what this craving is like unless they go through it themselves. I hate the fact that I was born with this disorder but then again it's nothing I can do about it; IT IS WHAT IT IS! Seriously, I don't have those cravings as much anymore like I use to and I keep it moving. Anyway, good luck to you and pray for this "issue" to go away or get some professional help if you can. May you be blesed through your battle with an unusual craving.

I accidentally found this site. Like everyone here, I thought I was the only person in the world doing this

Hi, Im Stefania, and I eat styrofoam as well. I started when I was little but only for a bit. Im 22 now, and I started eating foam over this last christmas break. Everyone was telling me how I lost weight (i did it thr right way), but when I got home with my parents over break (they eat extremely unhealthy) i thought eating styrofoam would counteract me eating horribly as there is no calories in styrofoam, plus i enjoyed the texture and smell. Ive continued eating styrofoam for 6 months now, sometimes my mouth gets ripped up from the foam being so abrasively, i loose energy, i wanna sleep all day, and all i get dizzy and sometimes get blurry, plus I feel my kidney hurting me. I seriously need to stop, I know im killing myself, I dont care if I gain more weight as long as I am not killing myself with the hamrful chemicals in styrofoam. Im going to try taking a higher dosage of iron pills, hopefully that will suffice my cravings. Im also extremely unhappy with my life currently, Im out of post-secondary school, don't know what i want my career to be, confused about life and relationships, troubled with trying to make everyone happy on my future. I feel like im wasting away while others actually do something with their lives. I need to get a hold of my life again, I think when I do this my depression will diminish and I wont need to comfort of styrofoam.

Try taking iron pills. I have extremely low iron and have been obsessed with foam since I was about 13. It started off with me just picking at it, then throw it away. It wasn't long after would start to chew on it. My obsession was getting out of control. I went to the doctors at 27 and they ran some blood tests. As it turns out i had low iron. they prescribed me high doses of iron. Since I have been taking the pills I noticed I stopped chewing on foam. I think my sofa is happier with me. I know for sure I feel better. I hope this helps someone.

I feel like my foam eating is out of control ! I am going crazy because Walmart around the corner from my house is all out. I also ate foam through 7 pregnancies . It did not affect any of my babies and i had 2 set of twins.

I am 20yrs old.. i will b 21n aug. I have been eating cushion since i was2..my mom said everytime she changed my pamper it would n full of cushion... My whole family k.new i ate cushion.. Wen i was younger my sistefs would tease me about it.. They threaten me all the time. if i den stop they would tell all my friends... i stopped a lil while but startd bk.. i still eat cushion til dis day but no one knows i hav not even told my husband.. my family thinks i don grew out of it.. I am anemic as well i hav sickle cell anemia... I hav eatin hair roller, couches cushion, mattresses, seats n a car,cleanin sponges n my favorite now is kids foam football. i hav eatin all of my 1yr old son foam footballss n basketballs i ate the cushion out the seats n my car, i hav ruinef da seats n my mom car.. i ruined several of my mom an grandma couches..i don slowed down a lil but i still eat it.. i dont tear up furniture n car anymore, i buy foam balls from the dollar stores.. im pregnate wit my 2nd child n really want 2stop so i dont harm my unborn baby.. Please help me som1.. N im glad um not alone n dis situation

I am 32 old woman I as have pica and I eat foam . My mother told me I've been eaten her foam hair rollers . As I got older started to eat the anything spongy. My new choice of foam is foam paint brushes from Walmart. Is there anyone else out there who eats foam ?

Hi im 24-25 yrs old ive been eating foam stuffing since I was like 8. I really dont kno y I eat it all I kno is that I can't go without eating this crap. Ive been teased by my family. Ive tried to stop by putting my self n prison & rehab but I can't stop. I wanna have children and I believe that eating this crap has stopped my reproductive organ. Ive been sick for days at a time even now u m sick cuz I can't stop eating this stuffing. Ive destoyed everything n my house eatn stuffing I need help b4 I die eating stuffing. Im scared to talk to ne body about this situation. For a long time I thought I was the only one, now I kno im not alone. Im from N.Y. please help me im desperate

I have the same problem . I have 9 children and I ate this during all my pregencies.

No problems with none of my children .

Im 21, im addicted to memory foam mattresses and pillows

I am 23 and I've been eating couch cushions and chair stuffing for about 10 years now. Idk how it started but its always been a part of my life. I've started buying it from fabric stores like JoAnnes or the special sections in Walmart. I haven't told anyone but ppl have noticed the couches going down or the chairs having tairs. I think I make it worse because I like mine with makeup on it. I blot my sponges and brushes on the foam while I'm putting on my makeup and it makes it taste even better. I know this can't be good but idk how to stop.

I am a 47 year-old, female who has been dealing with this same issue (known as "pica') since I can remember. One thing that has helped me IMMENSELY is taking "spirulina" tablets on a REGULAR BASIS. Spirulina is VERY high in iron and my cravings for foam rubber go away when I take the tablets CONSISTENLY...as in every, single day. As someone else mentioned, most of us with pica are anemic. Spriulina is widely used to HELP naturally combat this. Don't bother asking your doctor about it...it is NOT a drug - it's a super food that most people (docs included), have never heard of. Google it if you want to know what it is. If you plan on using the powder form of spirulina, you will HAVE to learn ways to incorporate it into smoothies, etc., as this is a blue-green algae that does NOT taste good on its own and, HAS TO be mixed in using a good blender - NOT with a spoon or by hand. Once you've done your own research, go to Nutrition Geeks.com and have it delievered right to your door (it can be very expensive if you buy it from places like Whole Foods, etc.) You have NOTHING to lose by trying spirulina. Again, it is NOT a drug...it is an all natural, super food. And please don't feel alone in your struggle. Millions of people have pica and have no idea what to do about it. Most don't even know there's an actual name for the condition. I hope this helps each of you as much as it has helped me!

I have been eating foam cushions since I was about 5 years old I'm 19 now with a son but I did stop during my pregnancy just to make sure I didn't harm my unborn baby boy. I have no idea why I can't stop it's like a serious craving. I definitely want to stop especially now that I have a son, it's just very hard to do i'll be fine for a few days but then I go right back to it.

I have guardianship of my four year old niece and she does a lot of that as well. I have to keep constant watch over her. she will eat rubber bands, styrafoam and a great deal of other things. I talked to a doctor and they said it could be due to the fact she was neglected and so didn't have a healthy diet. We are wating for the test results from that. If its only due to lack of nutrition she should outgrow it. <br />
Those of you out there, tell your doctor. The reason may be simple but you won't ever know unless you tell them. You aren't crazy.

I have also been eating foam like things. I found this website looking for how harmful it can be. I only been doing it for 8 months and cant stop.

i been eatting curhsion since age 14 and now 35 cant stop eatting curhsion i even ate it with all 4 babies

Wow!!.... I eat pillow stuffing. I'm so sure this is harming me but I can't stop!! I started around 17. I'm 47 now! I don't know what to do! I'm scared to tell anyone. Not even my doctor. They'll think I'm crazy. Reading some of the past posts, I see that most everyone who does this is anemic. So am I. I also crave it after I eat.

I'm addicted to pillow stuffing, sponges, felt material, the tops of socks and just about anything like that. I hate it. I think I've had this since I was about 6.. I can taste the chemicals and toxins in them but I cant stop. The longest I've been able to stop is about 2 weeks, and that was only once. So basically I've eaten this stuff everyday of m life. I have not realised there are others like me, and I'm very happy I've finally found people just like me.

I've had this problem since the age of 9 years old I am turning 21 soon and am so sadden by my problem. I don't know how to stop and I can't tell anyone because I know what I am doing is wrong. I've ruined couches, mattress and car interiors (3 cars). No one knows about my problem and I really want to stop. I have intense stomach pains all the time and have been to the doctors but I've never told them that this could be the cause of my pain. I wish everyone struggling with this addiction the best of luck and I am glad to know that I am not alone in the world with this problem.

I'm 22 years old & I've been eating rollers since I was young...really young. I love the texture and the smell it very comforting. I can't help it. I've tried to stop & it lasted for a while but its something I crave and can't get enough of. I swallow the rollers after I've chewed it down. I like when it get hard so I can roll it on my tongue. I feel really bad BC I'm eating one now & I am scared its something that can kill me but its SO hard to just stop.

Im writing this with tears rolling down my face! I can't believe I'm not the only one in this world with this problem. I've eaten everything from the foam from hangers, seat cushions, mattresses, and now my new favorite, the padding underneath the carpet on the floors. I've have had this problem since I was 5 years old, and now I'm 16 going on 17. I really want to stop; I want help! But I don't know how. My parents are ashamed of me and I'm ashamed of myself. I'm always think about how one day I'm gonna end up sick, and die before I've lived a full life because I'm too afraid to stop. Will someone help me?

Thought I was the only one out there! I started eating the foam 'egg carton ' mattres pads when I was very young. Then I moved on to the foam in the seats of vehicles and couches. Even talking about it makes me want some! I have been really "good" these past years since my iron is back under control, now I am expecting again and need it. I have choosen to not eat it tho b/c I don't want to harm my baby. I am almost 30 and haven't even told my best friend I do this! It sure is a struggle! I love how it smells, tastes, how it feels going down...

I'm 13 and eat couch cushion too

I'm 13 and i thought i was the only one who ate couch cushin

Im 37 and I had this strange pleasure fo 20 years I tried to control this compulsion several times but its imposible I love the way it feels the taste but now Im having pulmonar problems and I think its a consequence for my adiction ,I would really like to stop it

OMG I'M SO HAPPY THAT IM NOT ALONE ON EATING MEMORY FOAM. When I saw the show "My Strange Addiction" with Adele eating couch cushion, I cried so hard because I didnt really think it was a problem until I saw her eating it and it scared me because it was like staring in a mirror while she was doing it, and plus I thought I was the only one doing that. I'm 19 years old about to be 20 in January and I have been doing this since 2004 so it's been like 6-7 years now of me eating memory foam. It'll be days where I dont eat the memory foam( and that last like a couple a days) and then days later I start eating it again. It's embarassing and only my mom and sister knows, and my dad alittle bit but it upsets me because my mom would get so mad at me and start yelling and cursing at me and I tell her I dont know what's wrong with me and she calls me an animal. I'm scared to tell people I have an eating disorder(pica) but at the same time,I really want/need help ASAP!!!

Wow I am so elated to have stummbeld upon this site.!!!!!! I am 21 years old and have been eating it for about 20 so basicaly since I was walking. I have tried to ask everyone around me but nobody understands and I need help and not to be made fun of for it. I dont know where it come from but I would greatly love to stop. If anyone has any information on how to stop or how to curve the cravings I really would love to find out.

I started eating foam when I was around 8 or 9 years...it started out just liking the feel of the foam against my tounge and then i would spit it out...i didnt do it anymore in teens years or early twenties...but by my mid twenties I started back but this time I was chewing it but i still spit it out..now that i am 32 years old its to the point that now i swallow it and cant seem to go a day with out doing so....I tried to stop but it seems like I go through withdrawls from it...Only one person in my family knows about this cuz i am so embrassed about it...I used to like to get the eggshell foam mattress pad, but now it is to foam rollers. Not just any kind, but certain rollers from a certain store...I want so badly to stop, I just dont know how much longer I can hide it from my family..but I am so glad that i am not alone with this...bless you all and hopefully we will find a way to stop.

i''m so glad i'm not alone...since i was a kid I have eaten foam..but as a teen and most of my twenties,,,i didnt eat it....but all of a sudden i started back...It started off with the eggshell mattress foam and now its to hair rollers, but its a certain kind from a certain store...I am 32 years old and I cant stop doing it....its like a drug....if try to stop...its like Im going through withdrawls from it. I tried to hide it from my family and only a hand full knows about.. I want to stop, i'm afraid that i am damaging my body and health....I also crave for i after I eat as well...if there is a way for me to stop i would love to know...So glad that there are others out there like me and that i'm not alone...just wish I can stop

OMG I CANT EXPLAIN THE FEELING OF RELIEF I FEEL READING THIS! I AM 22 AND I HAVE BEEN DIGESTING FOAM SINCE I WAS 11YRS OLD. I WILL EAT MATRESS FOAM,THE FOAM OUT OF THE IRONING BOARDS,SOFAS AND HAIR ROLLERS.IVE ALWAYS FELT VERY EMBARASSED ABOUT IT AND I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE WITH THIS UNUSUAL PROBLEM. IVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT CAUSED MY FIRST URGE TO PUT AN INEDIBLE SUBSTANCE TO MY MOUTH AND EAT IT,AND WHY I FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO HAVE IT,ESPECIALLY AFTER I EAT. I AM SEVERELY ANEMIC AND I THINK THAT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT. I WOULD LOVE TO STOP,I CANT COUNT THE AMOUNT OF SOFAS I'VE RUINED. MY FAMILY KNOWS AND IM MORTIFIED. BUT NOW I AM SO RELIEVED TO KNOW I AM NOT ALONE. GOD BLESS U ALL!

hi everyone ... im in the same umbrella as u guys...i m also addicted to sponge even i cant live without it one day..i had try eating sponge before..i love love playing wit it from me one year old..i realy shy when people saw me playing with it..now im 22 years old..everytime i sees sponges i want to touch it and play in my hand.. i had try eating it many times..i love sponge which in orange colour

hi everyone ... im in the same umbrella as u guys...i m also addicted to sponge even i cant live without it one day..i had try eating sponge before..i love love playing wit it from me one year old..i realy shy when people saw me playing with it..now im 22 years old..everytime i sees sponges i want to touch it and play in my hand.. i had try eating it many times..i love sponge which in orange colour

im 18 and i have been eating foam . it is soo hard to stop i dont know what to do .it just taste's so good and i can't go a day without it . my mother first threw away the cushions to the couch when she found out that i was eating them but then she later threw out the couches when i started on those i really dont know what to do , im about to go to college and i really don't want to bring this with me . i want a new begining

my name is lisa im so glad to find im not alone i was about 14 when i started eating foam whatever had foam i wuld eat it when my sis found out she told everyone everyone treated me like i wasnt normal my sis would make fun of me alot but to fina ya here going threw what im am i dont feel alone anymore and ya arent alone either:)

wow this is crazy just like all ya i thought i was alone ive been doing it since i was young im now 22 when my sis found out it was so embarrising she told everyone they made me feel like i wasnt normal it was hell but seeing all ya who r going threw what i am i dont feel alone anymore....

i also have the same problem i google it , its a disease called pica and its mmainly because we have low iron in our blood so basically anemic i really dont know what to do , i have destroyed my bed and my father is mad with me cause he spent so much buying this for me i have had this problem for 5 years now and i dont know what to do anymore

OMG Im glad I found this!!!!! I have the same prob! Anyone know the cause?

i eat mattress foam. i enjoy the taste of it. does any1 know if there r any long term illnesses we cn suffer from? i want to stop doin this but i dnt want to c a psycholigist to do it.

Omg ! I can't belive that there is so many ppl out here that have the same problem . I love the taste of foam , sponges , inside of pillows. I crave it an I know it can't be healthy but I honestly can't stop the urg . I work in a store an i. Eat the foam that comes over the hangers , I eat the swim noodles an any other things I can get my hands on. My daughter brought me home a bath sponge an I couldn't resist to tear open an eat it my bestfriend had to take it an hide the sponge. I really don't want to get caught eating the product we sell at my store someone please help

Omg ! I can't belive that there is so many ppl out here that have the same problem . I love the taste of foam , sponges , inside of pillows. I crave it an I know it can't be healthy but I honestly can't stop the urg . I work in a store an i. Eat the foam that comes over the hangers , I eat the swim noodles an any other things I can get my hands on. My daughter brought me home a bath sponge an I couldn't resist to tear open an eat it my bestfriend had to take it an hide the sponge. I really don't want to get caught eating the product we sell at my store someone please help

I sponge/foam hair rollers. It started about two years after I had gastric bypass. I rationalized it as I wasn't eating any food so I had no chance on gaining any weight. I have been doing this for many years I cant tell you how much money I have spent on purchasing rollers on-line and from the stores. I like the texture as well as the taste. I find that I need it more as I get closer to my menstrual cycle. At the beginning I would eat anywhere from 3-4 packages a day, that equals 24-32 large rollers a day. I would eat them on my way to work, at work, at home, before I would go to bed. I was purchasing as many as 20 packages a week. Going to different stores because I was afraid that someone would question me on why I have so many roller packages and I did not want to lie about it. I am severely anemic so I know that it play a part of why I eat foam. Thank you. I am to embarrassed to speak to someone about.

hi, i also started with sponges when i was 15 i swapped from sponges to pillow stuffing. which i amn sure is filled with nasty chemicals becaus ei can taste them, yes three years on i am stilll living with this i have stopped and started again become anaemic from it cutting me up inside but carrried on becuase i could not stop and im so scared to ask for help. my family and doctors are aware of my condition but believe i have stopped. well i havent and its taken over my life. its all i crave and i thought it would go away again but its getttin worse and i think its killing me, i'm 18 and have this awful eating disorder i feel so alone and pray every day even while im binging for it to stop. how can i be addicted to cushion stuffing i ask my self everyday. but i am and what am i to do? i've eating sponges, cushions, pillows, carpet, cuddly toys stuffing and i just want to be free/ i'm posting this so others like me no you are not alone. i'm going to finally get over my fear and get help. AND SO SHOULD YOU. i dont want to die.

YOU GUYS DONT KNOW HOW LONG I HAVE THOUGHT THE SAME THING THAT THERE COULDNT POSSIBLE BE ANYBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD THAT SUFFERED FROM THIS ADDICTION! I AM REALLY RELIVED I MAKES ME FEEL LIKE IM NOT SO MUCH OF A FREAK! I HAVE BEEN DOING SOME OF THE SAME THINGS I HAVE ATE ROLLERS,SHOULDER PADS, COUCH CUSHIONS, CUSHION FROM BEDS I MEAN ANYTHING CUSHIONY I COULD FIND. I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR OVER 20 YEARS NOW AND DONT KNOW WHY. BUT THE CRAVING IS SO STRONG. I LOVE THE TASTE AND I ALSO HAVE TO ROLL IT IN DIRT SO IT HAS A CRUNCH TO IT. DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE TO DO THAT? I REALLY DO WANT TO STOP FOR HEALTH REASONS BUT I JUST DONT KNOW HOW. BUT I REALLY DO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR ADMITTING YOUR ADDICTION BECAUSE I KNOW FIRST HAND HOW MUCH JUST KNOWING SOMEONE ELSE DEALS WITH THIS AND IM NOT ALONE.

wow i thought that i was the only one that ate sponge. ive been eating it for ever. i want to stop but i cant. i am now 37 years old and still eat it not as much but sometimes i get the craving and it takes over me. i dont know what it is but i need help. i have two kids that i have to live for and i dont want to die from this stuff...

wow i thought that i was the only one that ate sponge. ive been eating it for ever. i want to stop but i cant. i am now 37 years old and still eat it not as much but sometimes i get the craving and it takes over me. i dont know what it is but i need help. i have two kids that i have to live for and i dont want to die from this stuff...