By The Blaze. A British teenager has been struck with a mystery illness and doctors believe it may be due to malnutrition stemming from years of his devouring the same junk food. . .
The boy had complained of fatigue when he was 14 years old. A doctor at the time advised him about his diet and gave him a B12 vitamin injection.
A year later he began to lose his hearing. He was sent to a specialist.
A year after that he began to lose his eyesight. . .
Doctors observed damage to the boy’s optic nerve, but could not identify a cause. The boy denied that he ingested tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, and then admitted. (Read more from “Teenager Mysteriously Loses Eyesight and Hearing — Doctors Cite a Bizarre Cause” HERE)
Blinded by Junk Food: Teen Loses Eyesight from Yearslong Bad Diet, Report Says
By NBC News. A British teenager who had been a “fussy eater” since elementary school lost his vision and suffered significant hearing loss due to his yearslong diet of junk food, according to a case report published Monday. . .
“However, the patient confessed that, since elementary school, he would not eat certain textures of food,” the authors wrote. “He had a daily portion of fries from the local fish and chip shop and snacked on Pringles, white bread, processed ham slices and sausages.”
Nutritional deficiencies can contribute to vision and hearing problems, but in developed countries, “purely dietary causes” for such vision problems are rare, the authors wrote. In the teen’s case, nutritional deficiencies in several essential vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins and copper, probably played a role in his vision and hearing loss. . .
The doctors also referred the teen to mental health services, concluding that his dietary habits constituted an eating disorder. “‘Fussy eating’ that is restricted to junk foods and causes multiple nutritional deﬁciencies is an eating disorder,'” the report says. (Read more from “Blinded by Junk Food: Teen Loses Eyesight from Yearslong Bad Diet, Report Says” HERE)