Teenager left blind after living off diet of crisps and chips

A bag of potato chips

A bag of potato chips

When asked about his diet by doctors, the teenage boy said that he doesn't eat food with certain textures. His doctor gave him some vitamin B12 injections to treat low levels of the vitamin and suggested some dietary changes.

"He had lost minerals from his bone, which was really quite shocking for a boy of his age", Dr. Atan said. Eventually, his loss of vision was so severe he met the criteria for being registered blind.

Taylor says he'd like to know more about how the teen ended up with permanent vision loss, given that optic neuropathy is very uncommon and usually temporary.

The boy has not gone completely blind - his peripheral vision is still good enough to allow him to walk around on his own, but with the blind spots in his vision, the boy will be unlikely to drive, watch TV or tell faces apart.

She said such cases are uncommon, but warned parents should be aware of all of the harms associated with fussy eating - and seek help when needed. He was initially diagnosed with anemia and told to improve his diet-including eating plenty of vegetables.

Over time, the teen's condition deteriorated.

"They initially said it was all in his head", his mother said. "By the time they realized what was wrong it was too late to save his sight". "Had his nutritional deficiencies continued, he could well have caught even more serious problems". I don't think we could have got through it without her support.

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Dr Denise Atan, who treated him at the hospital, said he met the criteria for being registered blind, according to the BBC.

Her son, now 19, can not find work and had to give up a college course in IT because of his impairments. However, doctors were unable to find the root cause behind it.

The 14-year-old in the study took no medications and was otherwise at a normal weight, but ate only highly processed foods, including Pringles, white bread and pork.

Those suffering from the condition often avoid food with a certain texture, smell, taste or appearance, or only eat it at a certain temperature, according to eating disorder charity Beat. "The case illustrates the fact that calorie intake and BMI are not reliable indicators of nutritional status", Atan explained.

Although he wasn't formally diagnosed, she suspected avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder, or ARFID, a new category of eating disorders that, in 2013, was added to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

ARFID, which was previously referred to as "Selective Eating Disorder, is similar to anorexia in that both disorders involve limitations in the amount and/or types of food consumed, but unlike anorexia, ARFID does not involve any distress about body shape or size, or fears of fatness".

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