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Poor Diet Leads to Optic Nerve Damage

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49551337

I can’t believe all he ate in his childhood were chips and crisps. I remember being a fan of junk food as a kid, but I also had proper food, whether I like it or not. So sad nothing was done to prevent this

hspexy
15 days ago
What do you think of this?
Lolastar
Lolastar15 days ago

You'd think if he had signs of malnutrion and vitamin defiencies giving he was under 18 that the doctors would have picked up on it and done something also he's under 18 so his parents should have tried to help change his diet.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
14 days ago

That’s what I thought. He would have shown signs of deficiency way before it got that serious. And even if the parents didn’t do anything, the teachers in school should have noticed - our food intake was monitored when I was in school. Perhaps they don’t do it anymore

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Lolastar
Lolastar14 days ago

hspexy I read up on it more and because he was a healthy weight, or his bmi was normal doctors completely ignored him. He complained about fatigue and all sorts but they never told him to change his diet purely because he has a normal bmi. Quite sad really.

Also why weren't his parents feeding him? Surely they would have prepared dinner at least. This really could have been avoided.

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hspexy
hspexy
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13 days ago

Lolastar I agree. It sounds like a lot of things could’ve been done but nothing was, so it’s gotten this bad. Now the damage is done

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi14 days ago

Shocking....but why he had so poor diet?

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
13 days ago

He shouldn’t have had such a poor diet. Even though food in school is rubbish, it will often have some kind of fruit or veg in the meals at some point in the week, so even if the parents ate rubbish, his diet ought to have been noticed in school

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ACR
ACR14 days ago

It looks like this stemmed from a food phobia and it was picked up 3 years ago, but he did not follow medical advice. His parents are not mentioned in this article, so it's not clear what involvement they had. There maybe other factors that have not been reported due to his young age.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
13 days ago

Not sure why a kid would follow medical advice. The parents are the ones supplying the food, so it’s sad that it has come to this

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ACR
ACR13 days ago

We don't know his history, he may not even live with his parent(s) or they could have issues with drugs, alcohol, mental health, need care for medical issues, etc. There are plenty of kids around the UK mainly eating junk. So we are likely to hear similar stories in the future.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
13 days ago

Well even if he is under someone else’s care, he’s still supposed to be under someone else’s care. Someone is responsible for him, and it seems that in this case they have failed him. From the artcles I’ve read, he does have siblings who eat fruit and veg, so he’s just a ‘fussy eater’. Let’s just say that the term does nothing to convey how serious this matter is

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Rockman
Rockman13 days ago

Eating fast food once a month or every 3/6/12 months that's okay but every day? Smh. It wasn't even his fault since he was just a child and had to rely on adults to make the right choices for him.. they ruined him for life.

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