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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 194 Responses Feb 6, 2010

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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.

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 it..now 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...

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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

I, too, think it is weird to eat TP but I can't help myself. I have been eating TP off and on since I was 24. I was pregnant with my second child and the craving was incredible. My favorite is the cardboard smelling/tasting one and, right now, I prefer the Angel Soft! So, NO! YOU ARE NOT ALONE! I do know, however, when my hemoglobin is down (anemia) that is when I start craving TP and can't help but to eat it. I also crave ice real bad. I eat ice all day long. It sort of takes the place of TP when I am in public places because I am not about to pull out a few sheet of TP and start eating it. Haha! Just not a very nice sight for others to see. Anyway, my suggestion to you is to go see your doctor and have them test you for Anemia. Your hemoglobin, RBC, and HCT are probably low and you will need some iron supplements. It has also been known that, for some odd reason, you could have Celiac Disease. Malabsorption of nutrients or something or other. Google it! Well I hope this helps you to understand why you do it. Trust me, your not crazy, many people do it; but there is a reason. Good luck!

I don't eat it, I chew it and trash it. I've have been doing this since I was 17 and now I am 42. When my blood/hemoglobin is low I chew all day. If it's not too low I chew a roll or so a day. My preference is the generic brands that are not too soft. This is embarrassing so no one really knows. I just have several bags of chewed up tissue to dispose of. I wish I could stop.

I don't know exactly but when I was 7 - 9 I at TP. Not much like no more than 2 sheets a day. I've stopped now but I think it's cool that others do it I thought I was like the only person that did. I did just find the risks on my strange addiction so it's probably best i stopped but it's just interesting to know that so many others do it. As much as it isn't a good habit, respect to you guys who do it

I usually only do it when I take my pain medication, I find it not working fast enough sometimes when I get busy or forget to take it with me and I'm gone longer than expected when I finally am able to take it I have to wait about 45 mins for it to take effect. A friend of mine recommended that I snort them but that just seems like a road I don't want to go down as I find it hard enough to stick my prescribed amount as it is but I do it. I am on 15mg of Oxycodone every 4 hours, I have a terrible ankle from years of gout the tissue in my foot and ankle is so screwed up I am on a surgery waiting list now I just have to lose 50 lbs before they will perform it. Ok, sorry went off on a tangent there anyway, not working fast enough and don't wanna start snorting it as I don't want to go down that path it leads to bad stuff, so I read online that you can crush them up and put them in a piece of toilet paper and twist off the small amount it takes up like a capsule and swallow it as it taste nasty it dissolves fast enough and with the pill in powder form it doesn't take as long to begin being absorbed. It does work I find it taking effect in about 20 mins as opposed to 45 but that is how I started eating toilet paper at first it was just the little bit I used but then I start finishing the whole sheet and this is every 5 or 6 times a day, now I eat 2 or 3 sheets every time I take my meds.

its really weird guys. im guessing its an addiction but stop it.. have a cookie instead maybe

Your not alone. I do it as well. I started eating tp, in my early twenties. Then, one day I just quit. Then, just recently I started back up. I may eat one sheet or two maybe every other day.

I just tried it, and I liked it. Is eating it bad?

Thank you, everyone, for all the responses that you've given!!! After all these years from the initial posting of my story, it still amazes me that SOOO many others have the same problem/issue/habit as myself. Every day I feel better knowing that I'm not such an outcast. Still, no one in my family knows, and it truly helps knowing that there are others that I care share my story with. I still haven't kicked the habit and seriously doubt that I will anytime soon. I really don't know if I'll be able to. But thank you all again for all of your feedback! :-)

I have been eating TP for 2 years. I'm a 14 year old guy. I used to eat scraps of notebook paper in class for the longest time, but now it is only TP. I would crave it after eating and I would soften it, chew, and swallow with a mouthful of hot water. I loved getting the flavor of what I previously ate out. My stomach growls from time to time and as of yesterday. I have had maybe 3 squares since yesterday. I found celery to be a good substitute when I am craving it. I am going to try to eat extremely healthy now too. I am not seeing a doctor..I can turn this around myself. I hate celery but I will learn to like it. Celery is my savior xD

I meant "and as of yesterday I have decided to quit!"

I love angel soft and Scott's , I put in in the freezer do it can have that fresh taste to it! It's so good

can u die from it???

it really good to meh

I Only Eat Scott But Im Starting To Feel Pain In My Chest When I Lay Down And When I Laugh. I Looked This Up Because I Am Starting To Get Concerned. But I am Happy To Know That I Am Not The Only One In The World That Goes Through This.