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Blinded by his diet

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Oldwoman70 Tue 03-Sep-19 12:49:15

Anyone else read the story of the 17 year old boy who has gone blind due to his poor diet. Since primary school he has only eaten chips, pringles, white bread, sausages and other processed food. He is now blaming the doctors for "not helping" with his diet. He saw a doctor at age 14 who told him he should eat a more varied diet but ignored that advice.

Whilst I appreciate children can be fussy eaters, his parents would buy him a portion of chips every day because, they say, "he wouldn't eat anything if we didn't" hmm

Gonegirl Tue 03-Sep-19 12:51:12

Sounds like rubbish to me. Kids survive on less than that. What exactly was lacking?

SalsaQueen Tue 03-Sep-19 12:52:20

Children are fed whatever their parents give them. The blame lies with them.

Pantglas1 Tue 03-Sep-19 12:52:54

Yes they survive - but good parents want their children to thrive....

Gonegirl Tue 03-Sep-19 12:53:33

Not necessarily! Horse to water comes to mind.

sodapop Tue 03-Sep-19 12:54:12

Yes I didn't understand that either Gonegirl did he have some underlying medical condition ? I know of people who ate a very limited diet like this and were ok.

Gonegirl Tue 03-Sep-19 12:55:59

He could thrive on that diet. Added vits put back into white bread, vit C in the chips, protein and fat in the sausages....

He would have been fine.

Gonegirl Tue 03-Sep-19 12:57:45

What were the other proccessed foods? Probably just fine nutritionally.

moggie57 Tue 03-Sep-19 12:58:09

parents fault here. they buy the food .my daughter was most insistent she wouldn't eat vegetables at all. so I persisted and said well don't have any meals then. this went on for a few days. and yes she ate her dinners vegetables as well.. giving in to a child is not daughter I think under feeds her children ,but they are thriving.they are healthy enough. she doesn't let them have fatty foods. except for a treat.

Gonegirl Tue 03-Sep-19 12:59:44

Did they mean bacon? Cheese strings? Ready meals?

All good for growing kids. It's food.

Yes. Some other reason for the blindness.

Pantglas1 Tue 03-Sep-19 13:02:51

What ever happened to roughage, eating your colours etc? I dread to think what was in the sausages he was eating - probably more carbs than protein.

Oldwoman70 Tue 03-Sep-19 13:03:29

According to the Bristol Eye Hospital he is lacking in essential vitamins including vitamin B12 and vitamin D. He is receiving vitamin supplements but the blindness is irreversable as the nerves have been damaged by lack of nutrients. He hasn't eaten any fruit or vegetables for over a decade! Gonegirl whilst some kids may "survive" on that - I don't see many parents allowing it to go for that long

Oldwoman70 Tue 03-Sep-19 13:06:51

Apparently the other processed food consisted of the occasional ham sandwich (made with white bread).

EllanVannin Tue 03-Sep-19 13:09:35

Parents who can't/couldn't be bothered. It's cheap enough to make hearty nutritious meals for kids.

Again, this boy may have had eye problems when very young but the parents never bothered to follow it up ? We don't know, but there has to be something more than a poor diet to cause loss of sight in a young teen.

Eye strain on gaming pads/x-boxes etc ? Not bothering to pause to eat ? Whatever it is, the fault lies with the parent/s.

gillybob Tue 03-Sep-19 13:10:23

Very alarming . My last neighbours daughter lives on a very similar diet to this. Will only eat certain white foods . Her parents are intelligent people but feel powerless . Their younger child eats a “normal” varied diet .

gillybob Tue 03-Sep-19 13:13:01

Ooops just noticed he ate sausages . The girl I am talking about ( now a teenager) won’t even eat them. Just bland white things like white bread, white chips, mashed potato and plain crisps . Such a worry .

SalsaQueen Tue 03-Sep-19 13:13:32

The condition is a dysfunction of the optic nerve.

It's caused by a lack of essential nutrients required for normal functioning of the nerve fibers.

Most commonly, it results from folic acid and vitamin B complex deficiency.

These deficiencies are normally associated with malnutrition, incorrectly applied vegetarian diet, or chronic alcohol abuse.

But in some cases, like the one in Bristol, poor dietary habits can also be a cause. Although such cases are rare in developed countries.

Nutritional optic neuropathy is characterised by the slow and painless decrease in vision.

It can be accompanied by the color vision dysfunction and if left untreated causes permanent blindness.

Treatment of nutritional neuropathy includes dietary supplementation, aimed at compensating for the deficient nutrients.

The treatment is mostly based on folic acid, vitamin B complex, and protein replacement, as well as eliminating risk factors of neuropathy.

Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

GagaJo Tue 03-Sep-19 13:14:51

Autism can cause problems like this with food. Are we sure that this child didn't have an underlying condition?

Day6 Tue 03-Sep-19 13:15:15

I think a parent has almost full control of a child's diet until they are about ten. Birthday parties and other celebrations aside, children tend to eat what is in the fridge/cupboards and snack on foods readily available. If only crisps, sweets and processed/microwaveable fast food is at hand, what does a child do?

I don't want to sound holier than thou but the importance of diet has been thrust in our faces for years. We all know what a decent diet comprises of and the importance of fruit and vegetables. As teenagers, out and about on their own, with friends and pocket money on them I suspect McDonalds and other fast food outlets made a fortune from their visits. I despaired but they were active and at home they had to eat what was served (which was always reasonably healthy) or go hungry. I also know one of my sons and his friends ate seconds most days or all the left-over pizza at school for as long as he could get away with it. One of the dinner ladies, a local Mum, told me, long after the event. smile

Kids do like junk food. They'll choose chocolate over an apple any day given the choice. (Don't we grandparents know it!!) A parent has to start them on the right path with the 'good stuff' though. I think it's a duty. I don't know his parents' circumstances and I feel sorry for the boy and them, but I get the feeling his blindness was preventable, if a lack of nutrients caused it.

Day6 Tue 03-Sep-19 13:17:23

As teenagers (I omitted I was referring to my own children and their love of fast food.)

gillybob Tue 03-Sep-19 13:20:37

I’ve always thought the underlying issue with my ex neighbours daughter springs from the mums OCD regarding cleanliness and perfection. When the girl was a baby she was obsessed with her getting dirty or messed up and as I recall tended to feed her “clean” food rather than her getting baby food stains on her furniture or clothes.

Marydoll Tue 03-Sep-19 13:21:05

Apparently the boy in question has had an eating disorder since childhood.
I taught a few autistic children, who would only eat white foods.
I remember a child going into meltdown one day, because his mum had put a piece of ham in his lunch box. You couldn't begin to imagine how distressed he was because there was pink food in his lunch box.
It's easy to blame the parents, but there is a lot more to this story, than we know about.

whywhywhy Tue 03-Sep-19 13:22:04

This is scary but I don't feel like we have been given the full story. My step son survived on really crappy stuff. I used to make really healthy meals and he would bin them and then end up eating something else. I had to buy other stuff in as he wouldn't have eaten anything at all. He went back to live with his mam and god knows what she gave him as my husband said she could never cook and she also lived on next to nothing. It's all learned from parents. My kids all ate well and I have two strapping lads now and also my daughter is healthy and well. I feel like this lad in question must have had some other health problems as well.

eazybee Tue 03-Sep-19 13:22:56

According to the Telegraph:
'he suffered from primary school age from a rare eating disorder, avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder, Sufferers become sensitive to taste, texture, smell or appearance of certain foods.'
I have heard of children refusing to eat certain colours of food, but never heard of one who refused all junk food and only ate fresh fruit and vegetables, but I am sure someone is able to prove me wrong.

Day6 Tue 03-Sep-19 13:22:57

The point was made above that eye strain from close up looking at screens every day for long periods of time ought to be a worry too.

I think the younger generation, the under 35-40s, who grew up with home computers may reap the whirlwind of the social media/gaming online obsessions. So many children don't move much and are entertained by gazing at a screen for long periods of time. I know many grandparents have expressed concern about their own children and grandchildren via Gransnet.