Shocking! Teenager Blind After Eating Nothing But Fries, White Bread, Chips, and Processed Meats Made

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A 17-year-old UK resident went blind after eating nothing but french fries, chips, white bread, processed ham, and sausage since elementary school, a medical case study reported.

Nexter.org reports the story.

Chips and crisps diet is dangerous!

Experts are warning about the risks of extreme fussy eating after a teenager developed permanent sight loss after living on a diet of chips and crisps.

Eye doctors in Bristol cared for the 17-year-old after his vision had deteriorated to the point of blindness.

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Since leaving primary school, the teen had been eating only French fries, Pringles and white bread, as well as an occasional slice of ham or sausage.

Tests revealed he had severe vitamin deficiencies and malnutrition damage.  He had extremely low levels of vitamins B, vitamin D, and other nutrients, doctors found. The boy, who was a normal weight, told doctors he was an extremely picky eater.

The teen’s blindness was caused by a condition known as nutritional optic neuropathy, which is usually rare in developed countries. It can be caused by drugs, severe alcohol and tobacco use, and poor diet, according to the research. It can be treated early by providing patients with the right nutrients, but once the nerves are damaged, they can’t be repaired.

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“He had blind spots right in the middle of his vision,” said Dr Atan. “That means he can’t drive and would find it really difficult to read, watch TV or discern faces.

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

Dr Atan said vegans are also at increased risk of B12 deficiency-related sight problems if they do not replace what they can lack when excluding meat from their diet.

“Nutritional yeast is a way of adding B12 to your diet,” she said.

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Sources of vitamin B12 for vegans include:

  • breakfast cereals fortified with B12
  • unsweetened soya drinks fortified with vitamin B12
  • yeast extract, such as Marmite, which is fortified with vitamin B12

For the teenager in the study, whose refusal to eat anything other than junk food was so severe doctors categorized it as an eating disorder, treatment included vitamins to balance his nutritional deficiencies and mental-health counseling for the disorder. Still, they couldn’t reverse the damage already done to his eyes.

Though they’re full of calories, foods like chips, french fries, and processed meats have few nutrients. In addition to lacking B vitamins, they’re also missing essential nutrients like vitamin D, calcium, selenium, and copper. Doctors found the patient in this case was lacking all of the above.

While blindness from a junk-food-only diet is unusual, the eating pattern can lead to plenty of other problems.


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