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I got this really wierd habit where i chew paper from books since i was little, i dont know why i do it but i just luv the smell of paper and i cant resist tearing a paper and chewing it, it also helps to relieve me off my stress n stuff, my mum found a couple of paper that i had chewed under my bed and she says that its not normal, maybe its not but ITS LIKE AN ADDICTION! like smokin is an addiction, for me its chewing paper from books, i know it sounds wierd....
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I do this too... and chew on ice. Both of these are symptoms of anemia, which is when your iron levels are too low. Iron is in the blood stream for oxygen to attach to... so if it's low, the brain is getting reduced amounts of oxygen. For no medical explanation, people who are anemic frequently chew ice and paper. Vitamins, iron supplements, and eating high-iron foods can raise the iron level, thus get rid of the compulsion to chew ice and paper.
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kamilion
i do this too. once i met a guy who chewed styrofoam cups. i agree its not abnormal and is normal. its not a fetish or perverse or stupid or reckless and it doesn't hurt anyone and its not even a very complex strange thing. for me it really helps to relieve stress as well. i read that chewing ice is a coping mechanism, so i think chewing in general may be a coping mechanism. (maybe thats why some people over eat.) i'm glad to hear that so many other people do it and feel its normal. also for those who are confused she said she CHEWS the paper, not eats it. of course some can go down, but i spit it out. i really want to stop though.
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Buy some damn gum!
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Hmmm chewing paper... strange, but its better than some habits so don't worry about it. Maybe don't swallow it though... the inks probably not good for you... maybe try gum (supposidely it is for chewing lol)
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i chew straws
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I used to chew on paper as a toddler :).
Just don't swallow it, ok? o.o
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OMG, i also have same problem. I really like chewing paper. its crazy.everybody says its gross. but somehow i cant stop it. shit how should i stop it? cause i really feel like its making my teeth quality bad (even i dont feel much, its obviously not good)or some dusts or some part of the paper goes down my stomach.
aaaaaa help me!
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I thought it wasnt very normal... chewing paper? why chew on something like dat?
Well i m able to understand that some people just got weird habits, but since it is a HABIT, i can be changed as long as you have the determination to do so. Just like drugs and cigarettes, you can kick the habit as long as you try hard enough. I will advise you to kick this habit.
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I used to eat paper when I was small, hell still do occasionally. It isn't unhealthy, but if you eat too much then it fills you up, thus taking the place of real food. And THAT is a bad thing.

People become annorexic by eating tissue paper. It satiates their hunger, but doesn't fatten them up.
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then their stomachs will be filled with papers?
so what become of their shit?
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fyi i DO eat food aswell what the hell! its not like ive been living on PAPER my whole life, and my shit luks normal thanks! such a stupid question!
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paper is fiber, off course the outcome is normal. i'm not sure if it has any nutritional value or not. i used to chew on paper when i was little. i remember i used to bite my nails when i was little, my mom made me soak my hands in a herb solution. it tastes bitter and super yucky, and it lasts for couple days. i couldn't bite my nails because of the taste. i stopped ever since. try spread something nasty, i know there's a spray with yucky taste which is used for children to stop them stay away from bad stuff.
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Before your next book meal check the copyright date. Older books might have had toxic metals like lead used in the paper bleaching process! Not to mention the ink.

Go for the one or two blank pages at the beginning/end. Pass on any Chemistry books that might have been in the lab! Or your next IsItNormal question might be "Why is one eye getting larger than the other?"!!

Kidding aside, seriously, don't worry this is not abnormal, just don't let anyone see you. I did this too, years ago, made me feel more part of what I was reading. Go figure!
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Just a bad habit.
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I used to eat entire books as a kid, it's a habit, just like biting your nails
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After finishing off a sucker I may still actually eat the paper stick as well.
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@quote "Deepthought33" 'I do that too, but one day I ate paper in class, my teacher was like "spit it out now or go to the office!!" lol I chose to go to the office [:
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.omgee.i chew on paper too.but when i swallow some of it on accident i get scared and start caughin.den i choke.haha.i think itz not too healthy but normal.my mommy sed somethin is wrong with me.DUH
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I have the same problem. I'm addicted to chewing fresh newspaper. Just the part with no ink. I don't swallow it. I know its probably dangerous, but I have a hard time quitting.
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wow, I started doing this during a stressful time in my life and I have to fight the urge everyday.
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Used to do this as a kid for some strange reason, but stopped obviously as I got older. Like anything, if it becomes a habit into your adult life then perhaps it's a problem you should be addressing.
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It sounds like you do it when you're stressed. I knew a girl who used to chew on everything. For her it was something that relaxed her, sooth her.
Maybe you just need find something that relieves your stress or calms you down, besides chewing on paper.
But in reality, i see nothing wrong with chewing it, it's not unhealthy. But if you want to try and stop, think about why you're doing this. Than go on from there to try and stop it.
Example:
Maybe you like to chew on something, try gum.
If it's stressed, try another type of stress relief
xxx Erin
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I used to chew on toilet paper and computer paper as a toddler. I guess it's ok, as long as the papers not toxic. Then it can be trouble.

Toodeloo.

~T
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