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chalk - March 5th 2011, 08:42 PM

my friend an i are really close and she loves eating chalk. I just wanna know is that healthy?
   
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Re: chalk - March 5th 2011, 09:08 PM

Well, it's high in calcium? That I know of it's not massively bad for you, but it's not healthy either. It may cause some problems if your friend eats loads.
   
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Re: chalk - March 5th 2011, 09:34 PM

Chalk isn't made in sterile places so I highly recommend against eating it. Though it may seem safe enough, the places it is mad could have left all sorts in it. It may not be massivly dangerous, but you never know. You should try to prevent your friend eating things that are not made to be edible.


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Re: chalk - March 6th 2011, 09:39 PM

Your friend may have pica which is an eating disorder where one craves non edible things.
Has she given you any reasons as to why she eats chalk? I can't imagine it would taste very good.


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Re: chalk - March 7th 2011, 01:40 PM

Like the others have said, I would think that It would not be the best thing in the world for your body, I don't think it could like kill your friend, but I would suggest trying to get her to stop.
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Re: chalk - March 8th 2011, 09:29 AM

It's made of calcium sulfate which is harmless as that's naturally found in tofu and some dark green veges. Perhaps there are other compounds added to it but calcium sulfate is the main one, so it may be healthy as a calcium supplement in an odd form LOL.

The only damage may be from its brittle nature to the mouth and digestive system. Depending on how much she eats, although I doubt this, she could develop hypercalcemia, which can be life-threatening. The way I learned to remember the main symptoms of hypercalcemia are from this mneumonic: groans, moans, bones, stones and overtones. In other words, constipation, depression, fatigue and possibly kidney stones. Other symptoms can be anorexia, nausea and vomiting which may help her in making her not want to eat chalk.


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