According to a new report published on Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, due to consuming extreme fast food a teenager from the Unites Kingdom became blind. The main author of the study met the 17-year-old boy at Bristol Eye Hospital and found that his condition was getting worse for two years.
But she has expressed wonder after knowing “how long the patient’s eating behavior had persisted.” Atan wrote in an email to The Post on Tuesday. “By the time I first met him, he had followed the same diet for [approximately seven] years.”
The unnamed teen told doctors that since elementary school, “he had a daily portion of fries from the local fish and chip shop and snacked on Pringles (Kellogg), white bread, processed ham slices, and sausage,” the study said.
Studies have proven that poor nutrition is often associated with obesity, poor cardiovascular health, and even cancer. But it has also been warned that sometimes it can have disastrous and sometimes irreversible, effects on the nervous system, including vision.
He was first treated by his family physician for “tiredness.” As per the report, the then 14-year-old boy was a picky eater but was “otherwise well and took no medications.” In a previous test, his level of vitamin B12 was found low and macrocytic anemia, which were treated with B12 shots and “dietary advice.”
When he turned 15, his hearing began failing and then the vision complications arrived. The doctors could not recognize what was creating the issues. His vision gradually started to decrease and finally, after two years he became totally blind.
Further testing revealed that his vitamin B12 deficiency had not waned. He had also developed a reduced a bone mineral density level and had high levels of zinc and low levels of copper, selenium and vitamin D. the clinical lead for neuro-ophthalmology at Bristol Eye Hospital referring to the case said, “This case highlights the impact of diet on visual and physical health and the fact that calorie intake and BMI are not reliable indicators of nutritional status.”