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I Can't Stop Eating Toilet Paper

For many, many years (off and on for 14 years) I've had the addiction of eating toilet paper .  I always try to stop but can never seem to do it.  I might be able to stop for a day or two.  I started eating it when I was around 4 or 5 years old, but didn't start again until my senior year of high school.  I'll eat a lot of sheets throughout the day, but there are days that I can eat an entire roll or more in one day.  There are times where I haven't eaten food, but only eaten toilet paper throughout the entire day.  I don't want to give out TMI, but I try not eat entire rolls because my BMs will come out looking like it did when it went in. White and in small balls.  My preference is Angel Soft double sheets.  For whatever reason, I love the way it smells and tastes.  I don't care for Charmin but if nothing else is around I will eat that too. 

It is wonderful to know that other people have this problem and understand what I go through.  As long as I've had this habit/addiction/syndrome, I've never been able to tell any family of friends. 

But now I'm concerned because I've been eating tp a lot more than I normally do.  When I go to check ups at the doctor I'm very healthy, and after eating it I feel fine.  But for some reason I feel that I still shouldn't be eating toilet paper.  I truly want to stop but I can't.

yellowcello yellowcello 31-35, F 205 Responses Feb 6, 2010

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I have been eating tissue since the sixth grade I've learned I have pica from my iron defieciency I am very anemic you guys are light wieght though I eat a roll and a half maybe 2 if it's really good I started on Scott's then Angel soft it's been Angel soft for years then after I had this last baby last year I started on Charming Basic it has to be basic though but like today I went to buy a 4 roll because the 12 pack I bought was too soft and this one is the same I'm aggravated cause now I gotta go find a another 4 roll which isn't so soft but I will still eat all of it I go through 4 rolls in 2-3 days but the thing is I don't eat it when I'm pregnant I have no craving for it it makes me sick but soon as I deliver about a week later the craving comes back I think I might go back to angel soft though idk

I have the same story as you. Started chewing tissue (don't swallow)when I was around 5 then started again in my preteens . And now I just turned 20 and it's like it gotten worst. Its like if I don't eat some ice I go to tissue and vice versa. I work on not chewing because the fibers get caught up in my throat. Its just real hard to stop. Its the taste and smell I like, and I only choose Scott, and like you said if there isn't any thing around then I'll chew on what's there. Smh it just a self battle. I guess I need iron. I just don't like iron pills. But good luck to people with this problem,

I'm 17 years old and I first started out by having a square sheet a day to finishing a whole roll in 2 hours. Its gotten really bad, I even eat the napkins from restaurants. The recycled napkins. I feel like its going to be the death of me. I don't feel anything strange but I've consumed so much tissue its making me gain unwanted weight just in time for my senior prom I need to stop but I can't

Now this is new to me. Ouch, go see your doctor and do something about it

my dogs too...

oh my god,i have been having the same problem for 8 years now,i am from a traditional south 4rican black community so they think i have demonic spirits,i have been diagnosed with anemia too,the only thing im scared of,is not being able to have kids

I'm 17 and I've done this all my life I don't think I have pica because I still eat a lot of food so I would like to know what it could be. My mum took me to the doctors and they said I crave something in the wood. I just want to see other people's views. It would be nice to have some knowledge on this.

Hello guys,

I am a Psychology PhD student in UK and would like to do a research on pica. This is a lesser known eating disorder and having had personal experience with eating paper, i thought it would be worth exploring. If any of you would be interested, please let me know.


I have been eating toilet paper for about 4 months now I so badly want to kick this habbit but I am unsure where to start or what to do. I thought taking iron pills would help but it hasn't this bad habbit just came out of no where. Please help

I have been chewing not eating Toilet Paper for a long time. As long as I know. I use more toilet paper chewing than I do actually wiping. I was breast fed I also chewed on legos early on as a child. I am now 29 years old. I would be glad to be into your research.

I started eating it when I first got pregnant witch was 10 years ago they said it's normal for pregnant women to get weird cravings but in the last 3 years after my third child it got bad, hole rolls in a day an now pregnant with my 4th I've been hospitalized for it 3 times in this pregnancy an been in 2/3 days each time, they now say it's a IRON DEFICIENCY witch can get deathly low if not taken care of, because on the toilet paper issue my iron is post to be 32 when pregnant an it's gotten as low as 7, I'm now at 16 but because it's so low I no have to have a blood transfusion for sure when I go in labor an risk the chance of me or the baby not making it, my iron being this low is causing my baby's bones to be very weak an I'm due in 7 weeks she cud possibly become ILL and because my blood is so thin I cud pass because of the blood loss, even tho your doctors says IT'S NORMAL witch it is tell them u want them to draw your blood to check your iron, it cud save your life....

I have been eating paper since i can remember

I'm 20 and I just started this year omg I started with box to Irish spring soap sooooo delicious then to toilet paper I have to keep a toll at my side everywhere after I eat I find it better too eat taste way better to me...when I can't find anything outside of home I panic because I need it doesn't feel right without it...IDC if I'm weird my opinion is the only one that matters

Me toooo

Hi I'm glad there is not a lot of negative comments on here most people that know I have pica syndrome thinks I'm a total weirdo.

I started eating paper (Of all kinds) in fourth grade. It started out with the corners of the papers I would get in class. My mom noticed that all my homework would be ripped and it didn't take long for her to figure out what I was doing. She use to threaten me with trips to the doctor if she every found out I was still doing it, but that never happened.

I was able to stop eating my homework and instead switched to toilet paper, napkins, and frizzles off the edge of notebooks. I no longer crave paper, but if it's in my hand I can't help myself. I am also not embarrassed by eating paper, and it doesn't seem to be harming me so I have no interest in stopping. I make bets with friends that I can eat an entire napkin, and I once ate a handout some guy tried to hand me right in front of his face to see what he would do. So many of my friends except this about me it just seems normal, and even if someone is hateful about it, its always fun to look then dead in the eyes and eat it anyway.

to those on here, this is very dangerous. Many of these products contain dioxide a deadly chemical,

I used to eat tons of paper from eating candy at the movies and then the box to school paper to toilet paper by the tons. I have aggressive cancer now and told I will die and I had stopped eating paper at least 15 years ago (I had early cancer 19 years ago) but i went to look up is deadly-bad even at one part per billion it has a chemical in it used in agent orange and i in things like tp, paper plates etc

I am wondering now if that is why I have cancer now. I suggest not eating this paper or at least not eating paper with dioxin in it to try to reduce the flow of this dangerous chemical in the body.

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DIOXINS IN COMMON PAPER PRODUCTS and it is the first one at dougieg

Damn! I've been eating it since about 7, and I've never stopped. I eat a square every time I go.I like to take small pieces and let them melt on my tongue, then swallow. What's up with that???

I swear I like to do that too....I started at like 7 too....started with paper tho

Girl that angel soft gives me life. I'm scared but I have to have it. It makes my eyes roll back in my head. Delish

yes it is so good! but i switch to scotts its better.

OMG, I didn´t knew there was anyone who had the same problem of eating toilet paper as me, I love it so much I can´t stop eating it. I was diagnosticated with anemia and I think this is the cause but I am only 16 years old and I wouldn´t believe I would turn 33 and still be eating paper, but it is like an addiction, my favorite is the brand is contonelle kleenex you should try it is the best one. I´ve been having this problem since about 3 years, but each year that had passed my purpose in lent is not eating nor chewing toilet paper for the 4 weeks and it is the most difficult things but possible. Today is the 6th day since I haven´t eaten. I feel so relieved that there is other people who do the same, I have never tell anyone about this. but I can´t stop doing it.

Its like every time I get done eating or drinking sprite i want tp it started when I was 12... I eat mines w/ soap or gain (Irish spring) the best lol I'm so weird

I am totally addicted to eating TP. I have been doing it my whole life. My favorite is any "off" brand. Single ply, rougher texture. I only eat about 10 squares a day. I can smell it and my mouth litterly starts watering for it. It tastes good and the texture it turns into after chewing for a while is appealing. I also chew at least 2 glasses of ice a day. I only like a certain shaped ice and only if its been sitting in water long enough to make it a little porus. I am also a compulsive skin picker and must eliminate any little fleck of impurity. I rub my hands over my face constantly and dig at flakey patches or tiny bumps. I don't even realize I'm doing it most of the time. I have ADD, OCD, and anxiety, of which Ive been medicated for for years. I haven't told anyone until now. Ive gone 3 days without eating TP and its been so hard.

I have been chewing things here and there since I was about 6. When I was a child it was glue sticks. I loved the way they softened once you started to chew, they became like gum. About a year and a half a ago I started in with the toilet paper and I CANNOT...STOP. I swallow it sometimes, but that's only when I'm REALLY upset. Other than that I just take a take and stick it in my mouth and chew it for however long. I prefer Scott brand. It doesn't seem to have too much of a funny taste. It's a little rougher in texture. I like restaurant napkins too for this reason. When it gets too mushy I suck the juices out, swallow them, and keep chewing. I'm munching on some as I type this. I'm glad to know I'm not alone :)

I love Scott's brand too I get so mad when my dad buys any other brand I try those too but they're not as good. Scott, It just has this awesome texture and taste. I used to eat dirt <-- (lol I know ridiculous) I loved tha smell of when it rains on dry dirt. I'd just push a lil of the top layer off when its dry, then pick some up, put it in the middle of my hand and separate tha tiny rocks until there's nothing but powder left. Then id just lick it and it would taste so good. But ever since I moved to this place where im at this dirt tastes nasty so I found myself eating something new. Ive been eating T.P for like 2 years now I really wana stop I haven't told anyone, but I did tell my boyfriend that im addicted to an household item and he wouldn't stop bugging me to tell him what it was. I just don't want anyone judging me for what im doing. As a matter of fact im eating T.P while im writing this :/ I had no idea that so many people were addicted to this. Tha most ive ever went without eating T.P is like a week n when I start back I take down a roll in like 1 day

Mcdonalds napkins and pencil erasers. Oh and those gray pumice stones. When my iron is low I can smell what I crave even if its in my roomate's desk drawer when I walk in our room.

Oh wow,I really didn't know there were so many people who did this! Well here's my story. I started when I was about 8 or 9 and I to ate it with ice. I think the ice was to child sui I wrapped it in tissue, IT WAS THE BEST THING EVER!! As a teenager I didn't do it as much. But when I became pregnant with my first child at age 20 I picked the habit back up. My favorite then was Angel soft 2 ply. With each pregnancy I craved it more and more. Well I have s house full of girls and we were going through so much toilet paper I decided to switch to Scott's 1000. I am 35 nite and my youngest is 8 and I eat it nite nite then I EVER have. I have a roll in my car, my boyfriend car, my bedroom, and I find myself even taking it from my friends house. I can eat a roll of Scott's in 3 days I used to finish a roll of Angel soft in one day. I too want to stop but just can't. Lol truth be told this is like a bad drug habit for me. I will however get my blood levels checked. Funny thing is, I've been doing this for about 25yrs and the only people who know about it it's my best friend (I told her when we were pregnant and she craved the smell of comet) my little sister (I'm 14yrs older then get and she was always with me) my oldest daughter (she happened to see me) and my boyfriend who I've been with almost 5 yrs and I just decided to tell him my deepest secret. And guess what they don't judge me. Lol, my next step is to tell my doctor. I mean it can't be harming me because I've been doing it for do long without any complications and just like someone else wrote, it comes out looking the same way it went in. So glad I'm nit the only one Shi did this and I hope we ALL get over our drug addiction soon. Hey it could be something worse....

omg...i too loved ice and tissue paper...loved i have left ice part..!!
tissue paper um still on it .

OH MY GOODNESS I still love eating it with ice, my mother suspects I have Pica (she's probably right) and I feel so disgusted but I can't stop :'(

I started eating toilet paper after I became pregnant too, anything that smells clean, like bleach, Windex, clean clothes, floor cleaner, etc, makes me crave TP

i have pica too. i have sickle cell and i guess it come with pica. what you can try to do is eat fiber one bars or something to take your mind off it. i know that right after i eat choclate or popcorn, i just CAN'T eat paper try it..

I'm in shock over here. I have sickle cell amemia and pica as well! I've never admitted it to any of my drs. but my mother (who's a nurse) is aware of it. I started at a very young age eating cardboard, notebook paper, and sometimes toilet paper. But as those tapered off over the years, my main go-to became and still is fiberboard (the really soft, fake wood that's usually used for table/dressers/photo boards etc). I never drew any connection b/t my SC & pica

you should try my advice to help with the fiberboard... :)

I'll definitely try that. Not sure why, but there are times where the urge to indulge in my little habit is way stronger than others. I will absolutely try out your helpful tip

Hey I have the same problem as you, I find I eat more when I am stressed. I prefer Charmin though :p It probably isnt healthy so for both of us I hope we can find a healthier alternative...

Hi! I'm not sure the disorder cause of eating TP, yet I can't stop! My favorite is Scott TP; because I'm a Engineer! I have actually researche the chemical compound meaning the toxic levels of the dyes used in processing TP. Scott seems to have less addictives. When I get out of my meetings I grab my purse to start eating, I don't swollow. I live the smell and taste, I have been caught a few times and asked to spit out my gum!! Lol... What to do?

I have the exact same problem I only prefer angel soft or bathroom tissue (the brand) if there isn't any I will settle for napkins from Wendy's checkers or mac donalds I been having this problem since 2008 while I was pregnant With my son and after I had him I still crave for tissue and can not stop I eat tp more then food

I just finish eating a piece of tissue paper. I just love eating it. I guess this just means along with being unlikeable person I am truly weird. My favorite is angel soft too.
But it's nice to know that I am not the only one in the world that like eating tissue paper. I just love the way it dissolve on my tongue. I eat it, but I don't swallow cuz I know that it's not safe to swallow.

*hello! Thanks for all your post guys! I'm italian and I've got the same problem. Please, can someone can give me the bad affects of this addiction to make me stop this ****. Thank you and have a good day

Omg, we are too weird... Why oh why do we like it soo muuuch? I started very young with lollipop sticks, stopped as I grew up and at 32 (2y ago) picked it up like Ive been doing this forever. I have rituals, like after brushing my teeth, while doing my makeup, and of course in bed. I can have anything from 10 sherts to half a roll per day. I love it. The taste, how it melts on my tongue, how it feels to shew- everything. I absolutely love it. Didnt notice any effects on my apetite, but i didnt know about the lack or iron etc etc... I will check this asap. Good luck to us all, Im off for some more sheets now...

I have a real issue with eating toilet paper and just found out my iron level is 7.4 really low which can cause pica a eat none food item disorder so hoping it will stop once levels back to normal but glad I'm not alone x

Im the same to! I started from a very young age from what I can remember but I use to eat cardboard,paper,babywipes too, I all of a sudden stopped but then I fell pregnant with my 1st child and started it again, and now I cant stop, to me it normal but others find it weird and strange, I now eat upto a roll and half a day with and oone meal i know its not right but its hard to stop