Is ice chewing a symptom of anemia?

PICA. In medicine we call "pica" to the strong desire to eat or drink very unusual substances or foods. Children and adults with pica may eat: animal feces, clay, dirt, hairballs, ice, paint, sand.This pattern of eating should last 1 mo.In pregnancy, in childhood, and in malnourished populations is more common.It is true that iron or zinc deficiency could be present but could also be psycological.
Yes. A compulsion to chew ice is a manifestation of iron deficiency anema, but not anemias from other causes. A sore tongue may also occur. Chewing on any peculiar substance, including clay in some, also can be from iron deficiency. The term for this behavior is "pica.".