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“Fussy eater” goes blind after years of eating only junk food

September 5, 2019

A British teenager has permanent vision loss, hearing loss, and weak bones after years of eating only select types of junk food. The teen’s doctors eventually diagnosed him with a relatively newly defined eating disorder called avoidant-restrictive food in-take disorder (ARFID). They report the teen’s case this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


By age 17, his visual acuity was 20/200 in both eyes, meaning he would need to be 20 feet away to see something a person with normal vision would see sharply from 200 feet away.


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