In the UK, a 17 – year-old is almost blind, after years of eating only fries, chips and white bread. The British broadcaster BBC reports that the boy is of normal weight, but completely malnourished. The case was featured in the US journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
The teenager essentially ate “one serving of fries daily from the local ‘Fish and Chips’ store,” the BBC quoted attending physician Denize Atan from the Bristol Eye Clinic. He also ate chips, sometimes a slice of white bread and occasionally a slice of ham, but neither fruit nor vegetables.
Already with 12 the general practitioner asked the otherwise healthy boy, who had auditioned for fatigue and malaise, a vitamin B – lack of firmness.
However, the patient did not follow the recommendations to take vitamin supplements and eat healthier foods. He told the ophthalmologist that he had an aversion to the consistency of many foods. Chips and chips are the only things he feels he can eat.
At the age of 14 years, the boy then complained of hearing loss and visual disturbances, but no cause was found. When his eyesight continued to deteriorate until the age of There, the doctors found that his optic nerve was now irreparably damaged.
Although the boy could still move on his own, because he still sees something at the edges. But he fulfilled the criteria of blindness, because in the middle of the field of vision could no longer perceive. He could neither drive nor read, watch TV or recognize faces.
The authors of the study emphasize that poor nutrition is often associated with cardiovascular disease, obesity or cancer. However, it could also damage the nervous system (especially the optic nerve), especially in combination with smoking or drinking. Although this is rare in industrialized countries and could – if recognized in time – still be reversed. However, if the condition persists untreated for too long, patients may remain blind.