You could go blind! This is why you should truly watch your diet kids!
A young teenager went blind because lived on a diet of french fries, Pringles, and processed ham for years! He never ate fruit or vegetables for over a decade.
He started to lose his sight when he was 14-years-old due to a condition called Nutritional Optic Neuropathy.
Since he was lacking the nutrients everyone intakes, it caused damage to the nerve in the back of his eyes.
The diet resulted in him developing a deficiency in important vitamins such as vitamin B12, copper and vitamin D.
He says the condition has left him feeling isolated and that doctors did not advise him to make changes in his diet.
At the time, doctors did not know that the teenager’s diet was that limited. But, later on, doctors realized the teen’s diet was limited.
“His diet was essentially a portion of chips from the local fish and chip shop every day,” Atan told the BBC. “He also used to snack on [chips] ― Pringles ― and sometimes slices of white bread and occasional slices of ham, and not really any fruit and vegetables.”
‘I’ve become very isolated. When I was little I’d go out and play football with my friends. I’m too frightened to do that now. When I asked for help, they didn’t listen to me’
His mother left her job to become his primary caretaker and said he is unable to find a job or compete school due to his blindness.
‘He has no social life to speak of now. After leaving school he got into college to do a course in IT. But he had to give it up because he could not see or hear anything.
‘He would love a job – but he has not been able to find anything he can do. I had to quit my job in a pub. I now look after him full-time.’
Vision loss from nutritional optic neuropathy can be reversed if the condition is found early enough, but the teen’s vision loss is permanent, doctors said
The patient later then was referred to mental health services for his eating disorder.
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