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Old 09-03-2019, 11:05 PM   #1
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Eat right... or go blind...

This is a sad story. Such an avoidable situation.



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Old 09-04-2019, 12:23 AM   #2
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That's impressive in a sad way.
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Old 09-04-2019, 01:03 AM   #3
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A local news station referred to this story tonight. While they didn't show any of the above video, one of the anchors pointed out that the case did not refer to any other underlying conditions that might have contributed to his blindness. Obviously, he didn't actually watch the news report!

Moms are right when they tell picky eaters that eating just mac and cheese and hot dogs will kill ya!
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Old 09-07-2019, 07:23 AM   #4
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As is typical, there's a lot more to this story than the media reports included. Here's a good article on what really happened.

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A British Teenager is Blind, But Not Because of Junk Food or “Fussy Eating”

A recent case report about a British teenager blinded by severe nutritional deficiencies resulted in widespread media coverage, much of which missed the point. He wasn’t blinded by junk food and he wasn’t just a fussy eater.
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As is often the case, a lot of the media coverage lacked nuance, and an opportunity to educate the public about a severe and recently recognized eating disorder was largely wasted. What the patient suffered from was far more than simply being a fussy eater. He likely experienced extreme anxiety, potentially even the fear of death, at the mere thought of eating most foods.
https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/a-b...-fussy-eating/
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Old 09-07-2019, 08:09 AM   #5
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Didn't this also happen to a girl about 10 or 15 years ago?

She also had an underlying condition that was never reported while the media made a big phroo-fraa about junk food, fussy eaters.
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Old 09-07-2019, 02:52 PM   #6
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As is typical, there's a lot more to this story than the media reports included...
As is the case in many news stories, the title is pure click-bait. At least the video report did go into some of the underlying problems that caused the child's blindness. Not as much as the science article, but more than "junk food will make you blind".
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Old 09-07-2019, 04:27 PM   #7
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As is typical, there's a lot more to this story than the media reports included. Here's a good article on what really happened.



https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/a-b...-fussy-eating/
I pretty much knew that there had to be more to it than just "picky eating," and an eating disorder was mentioned in the video I posted. But, the video didn't say what the eating disorder was -- which made me wonder what it was. It was also clear that the parents had tried "everything" (that they knew of, at least), to get the boy to eat a broader diet, so it wan't over-indulgent parents.

The end result was nutritional, but the underlying cause was psychological. It was still an avoidable outcome, had the right kind of treatment been given at an early age.

Even in the 21st century, mental health treatment is still not what it it should be.

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