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Old 09-15-2019, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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But that is not the same as going blind.

No, but just another way a diet consisting exclusively of junk food and 'snacks' will kill your health (and you in the long run) in ways other than obesity.
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Old 09-15-2019, 01:22 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Yeah blame it on food. We all know what really makes you go blind.
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Old 09-17-2019, 02:26 PM
 
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Sounds like malnutrition, at least. Diabetes can cause blindness. You don't have to be overweight to get diabetes, either. IDK about the hearing problems, though. I wonder why parents would allow that. His food actually did have a variety of textures; he'd simply become addicted to those textures and flavors: salt and other chemical additives, etc.
But if this person only ate a few low-vitamin foods -- it sounds unlikely that he ever ate a carrot or a leaf of kale in his life -- he was probably depriving his system of badly-needed Vitamin A, lutein and the other eyeball and nervous-system nutrients we need to keep our eyes working. AND he was probably diabetic without knowing it. Millions of people are. The husband of a friend of mine had no idea he was diabetic until he started to go blind.


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In the past, I have known of kids refusing to eat any but certain few foods, but I tended to think they were doing a power play in the family, especially if the family was otherwise controlling. And a picky parent might also influence this behavior.

But I really don't know.

But if you really secretly were OK with eating those foods, no matter how defiant you were as a child, you would start to get really burned out on the 3 or 4 foods you were allowing yourself to eat. You would naturally crave variety, other colors and flavors, and you would find them even if your mom made the same few revolting foods every week like clockwork. You'd eat at a friend's house or something. With sensory issues like this kid's you can't even think of the foods outside your very limited list of tolerances without gagging. The smell puts them off; the texture is absolutely disgusting; some people can only stand hot or only cold foods, or they can't face eating anything orange or brown, or it has to be soft or it can't be stringy or it has to be crunchy or salty.

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Old Yesterday, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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But if you really secretly were OK with eating those foods, no matter how defiant you were as a child, you would start to get really burned out on the 3 or 4 foods you were allowing yourself to eat. You would naturally crave variety, other colors and flavors, and you would find them even if your mom made the same few revolting foods every week like clockwork. You'd eat at a friend's house or something. With sensory issues like this kid's you can't even think of the foods outside your very limited list of tolerances without gagging. The smell puts them off; the texture is absolutely disgusting; some people can only stand hot or only cold foods, or they can't face eating anything orange or brown, or it has to be soft or it can't be stringy or it has to be crunchy or salty.
I do not doubt that kids are put off foods at a young age, and that feeling can last for a lifetime. My DH is not a picky eater at all, but he hated oatmeal as a kid and he still hates it. I did not like canned pineapple, and I honestly still would not choose to eat it. But on the other hand, he chose to eat a bowl of Wheaties every morning for breakfast for a decade, before suddenly telling me he was sick of eating Wheaties.

I do wonder what these super picky kids would do in a would where food was scarce, and choices limited. Would they simply refuse to eat?

And I think that a picky parent would produce picky kids.

Luckily for me DH and our kids ate most things without too much complaining, and often ended up liking most of what I cooked. I put that down to DH eating whatever was put on the table without judgment or complaint.

In the case of the blinded teen, I wonder where the parents were in his life, and why he did not at least take a daily vitamin pill. But you can’t force a kid to eat. That is a battle that is a lose/lose.
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Old Yesterday, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Great Britain
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The lad's name is Harvey Dyer and he was on 'This Morning' ( A British Breakfast Television Show) recently alongside his mum.

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Old Today, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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The lad's name is Harvey Dyer and he was on 'This Morning' ( A British Breakfast Television Show) recently alongside his mum.

Thanks for sharing this. Did you see the mom’s expression as she listened to the “expert” opine about her son’s condition? That was the most eloquent expression of mixed emotions I have seen recently.

The mom had tried, and failed, to get help for her son.

By the way, the hosts were terrible, often telling us about the guests instead of letting the young man speak for himself. Frankly, they needed Oprah! But mom was eloquent without being weepy or dramatic. I feel for the family, I really do. The young man has some sort of glitch in his mind or his body. He should have gotten vitamin shots—that’s clear. But docs said he did not need them.
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