Unhealthy diet of Pringles and hot chips causes teen to go blind

British boy left blind and deaf after diet of chips sausages and crisps

British boy left blind and deaf after diet of chips sausages and crisps

"The risks for poor cardiovascular health, obesity and cancer associated with junk food consumption are well known, but poor nutrition can also permanently damage the nervous system, particularly vision", the report mentioned. He was a "fussy eater", but otherwise well. Blood tests showed he had anemia and low levels of vitamin B12, the report said. He began to suffer problems with his hearing, for which he and his family sought medical treatment.

From the case, scientists claimed that limited intake of nutritional vitamins and minerals resulted in the onset of nutritional optic neuropathy. That was when the teenager admitted to avoiding foods with certain texturessince elementary school.

The 17-year-old, who has not been named, ate only chips, Pringles, sausages, processed ham and white bread, making him malnourished, Bristol Live reported. The physicians investigated the patient's nutrition and found vitamin B12 deficiency, low copper and selenium levels, a high zinc level, and markedly reduced vitamin D level and bone mineral density.

Previously known as Selective Eating Disorder.

By 17, from Bristol was fully blind.

As for his eyes, he is still able to walk around on his own because he retained his peripheral vision, but with blind spots in the center of his vision he will never be able to drive and would find it hard to read, watch TV or discern faces.

"He can walk around on his own though because he has got peripheral vision".

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The authors note that the condition - usually caused by other drugs and illnesses that result in malabsorption of food - resulting from junk food is rare in advanced countries.

The condition is treatable if diagnosed early. But, left untreated, it can lead to permanent structural damage to the optic nerve and blindness.

Unlike anorexia nervosa, "avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder" isn't driven by concerns about body image or weight gain. It was he was only eating that type of food and nothing else.

He developed the eating disorder at the age of 10 or 11 and it was only when he experienced problems with tiredness at 14 that he saw his GP.

"Putting a lot of pressure on the child and getting anxious about it can actually make the behaviour worse".

"It's also worth noting that since 2016 the United Kingdom government has recommended daily vitamin D supplementation (10 micrograms/400 worldwide units) for everyone between October and March as we are not likely to get enough from fortified foods", McManamon said. "It was only after direct questioning that we learned the full extent of his abnormal eating behaviour".

The teenager, who is now 19, has sufficient sight loss to be registered as severely sight-impaired.

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