Compulsive psychological eating disorders can have consequences much worse than landing a spot on an episode of My Strange Addiction. Trichophagia is a psychological disorder associated with trichotillomania, or compulsive hair pulling. Sufferers of trichophagia eat their hair after pulling it, which eventually collects in the intestines and in extreme cases can result in a hairball. It's incredibly rare that anyone dies from the disease, but in September of 2017, a 16-year-old girl's organs shut down in response to a hairball in her system.
Trichophagia is a rare eating disorder known as a body-repetitive behavior. Eating and pulling out hair are similar psychologically to behaviors like compulsive nail-biting. Rapunzel syndrome is a side effect of the disease that, if not treated, can be fatal.
A 16-Year-Old Died From Rapunzel Syndrome
Bezoar Is A Fancy Word For Hairball
Eating Hair Is A Compulsion
Pulling Hair Is More Common Than Eating It
Trichophagia Can Be Treated
Women Are Most Likely To Have Trichophagia