Boy from UK goes blind for eating French fries and chips

Did you know that eating junk foods can make you blind? Have you heard of anyone who became blind because he did not have nutritious meals? It may sound ridiculous and funny and you might say that these claims do not have sound bases at all but mind you, a teenager was reported to have gone blind because he was not eating healthy!

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There was an article that was posted lately about a 19-year-old teenager, unnamed, from Bristol, England who went blind because allegedly, he was just eating foods such as French fries, Pringles, ham sandwiches, crisps, deep-friend sausages, white bread and chips every day. He did not want to take in any other food except those junk foods.

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This poor diet, which his parents had tolerated, deprived this young man from the vitamins and minerals that he could have gotten from eating healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans, and the right serving of meat and carbohydrates, which could have saved him from blindness!

When he was 10 years old, his parents noticed the changes in his health condition  including his deteriorating eyesight, getting tired easily, being restless, and getting weak.  Because of this, his parents took him to the doctor who said consequently that he was suffering from anemia.

Mayo Clinic says that anemia is a condition when the body lacks enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the different parts of he body to function properly.  As a result, the body becomes weak and gives a feeling of tiredness and lack of energy to do daily activities.

His doctor gave him vitamin shots to replenish the lacking vitamins that his body needs.  He was also put on a meat-fruit-and-vegetable diet but eventually, his condition worsened and he began losing his vision and was also becoming deaf.

Newsweek wrote that by the age of 15, the boy started to experience poor vision and hearing impairment. He was taken to the doctor by his parents and had MRI scan done on him, which revealed that there were no damages to his ears as well as no structural irregularities with his eyes from an eye examination.

His parents learned that he was suffering from a very serious medical problem called Nutritional Optic Neuropathy (NON).  PubMed defines NON as  “a dysfunction of the optic nerve resulting from improper dietary content of certain nutrients essential for normal functioning of the nerve fibers.”  At 17 years old, he totally lost his eyesight.

The teenager was only eating fries, chips, and other junk food since elementary that lasted for a sustained period of more or less 10 years resulting to his body lacking the essential nutrients to maintain good eyesight.  He was deficient in vitamins such as B12, copper and vitamin D, which caused the irreversible damages to his hearing and vision.  Because of this, he had to drop out from college.

As reported by the Mail Online the boy who is now a teenager have become very isolated and with no social life. He said, “When I was little I’d go out and play football with my friends. I’m too frightened to do that now.’

Dr. Denize Atan of Bristol Eye Hospital told Newsweek that the boy is now taking multivitamin supplements though his eating behavior has not changed much despite consultations with  his eating disorder specialists.

There are many people who are suffering from various diseases due to the lack of essential vitamins and minerals that are needed by the body to stay strong and healthy. Though symptoms of these diseases may not appear early, there is a great risk that they will attack the body’s immune system at a later age when the body is weak to resist them.  It is therefore advised that everyone needs to maintain a healthy diet, enough sleep and exercise to stay healthy.  Consult your doctor, too, at least every six months or once a year so that you can catch any diseases early and prevent them.

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