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A Boy Ate Nothing But Junk Food! This Is What Happened To Him

A Boy Ate Nothing But Junk Food! This Is What Happened To Him

We all know that junk food is no good for
us, and yet it remains the most popular type of food in the world. Once the bane of American waistlines, who
found themselves the butt of jokes around the world, now people all over the globe are
experiencing their own obesity epidemic thanks to the proliferation of fast food in their
countries. Modern lifestyles have caught up with people
everywhere, and long work days with short breaks typically make for quick meals, and
nothing makes for a quicker meal that helps you hate a little less your soulless corporate
nine to five like a big mac and fries. It’s not just fast food though that’s plaguing
our waistlines and eroding our health, it’s other ‘junk food’ items which are made to
be quickly consumed, effortlessly prepared, and taste great despite having poor or little
nutritional content. These are things like any number of pre-packaged
cakes and pastries, ready to eat meals that only need microwaving and are loaded with
sodium and low on nutrients, and processed meats made from the more questionable parts
of an animal that are pre-sliced and ready to slap between two pieces of bread for a
quick, convenient sandwich. Of course that bread is a problem as well,
because white bread is notoriously low on nutrients, and most manufacturers use a healthy
amount of sugar to sweeten the bread- especially in the United States. Modern life can be stressful, and the sad
truth is that more and more people are spending less time preparing and actually eating meals
than ever before. If you saw our previous episode on why you
should eat slower, then you know that Americans lead the way in shortest time spent eating,
averaging about 64 minutes of undistracted eating- that is time where eating is the primary
activity as opposed to eating and working. Even nations that have historically made meal
time a long, extended affair such as in Spain have seen time spent preparing and eating
meals drop precipitously over the decades. Again, modern life and its fast-paced lifestyle
is to blame, and with time spent preparing and eating food going down, many people are
opting for faster-to-make meals with lower nutritional value. In Britain though one boy has paid dearly
for his poor nutritional choices, or given how young he was when his troubles started,
we should say that it was his parent’s poor nutritional choices to blame for his condition. The parents claim that this child was a very
picky eater, and would refuse any food that wasn’t chips, french fries, plain white bread,
and processed pork products. If you’re familiar with the food pyramid you’ll
quickly realize that this kid’s food intake resembled less a pyramid and more a pillar,
made up primarily of grains and meats. White bread though as we mentioned is notoriously
nutritionally deficient versus say wheat bread, and processed pork can have even less nutritional
value than actual pork cuts- steaks and pork chops- as it’s made out of the ‘leftover’
pieces of the animal after these cuts have been removed from the carcass. Also, things such as bologna typically have
a great deal of sodium, nitrates, and preservatives added, which when over-ingested can wreak
havoc on your health. French fries or chips also lose much of their
nutritional content when they are fried, which is why health experts encourage people to
bake their french fries instead, or eat baked chips rather than traditional fried potato
chips. Sadly for this young boy, his parents did
none of this, and due to his refusal to eat anything but these foods, they allowed him
to continue eating this diet. At age fourteen he went to the doctor- for
our fellow American viewers who might be unfamiliar with the term due to the extreme costs of
healthcare in our nation, a doctor is a person who heals you when you are sick, and in civilized
countries it doesn’t cost your life savings to do so. The child complained of extreme fatigue, though
his parents failed to inform the doctor of the child’s diet. A year later he returned, only this time the
child was complaining of hearing loss and vision issues. Now doctors became concerned, and they immediately
tested his blood only to discover he had extremely low vitamin B12 levels. Vitamin B12 is very important for the body,
it helps do a great deal of things such as make your DNA and create red blood cells,
and you must get it from animal-based foods. Apparently the processed pork the kid was
eating wasn’t getting him enough vitamin b12, so the doctors put him on a series of b12
shots and gave the parents dietary advice. Sadly, the now-teenager refused to follow
his new diet, though he would start and try only to quit and go back to his regular diet. His vision continued to decline and by the
time he was seventeen years old, he was fully blind. By then he not only had an extreme vitamin
b12 deficiency, but he also had low copper, selenium, and vitamin D levels, along with
a high zinc level and reduced bone density- all because of his extremely poor diet. Even if he fixed his diet though, the boy
would never see again. Despite his nutritional condition though,
the teenager had a perfectly normal body mass index, and had no outward signs of malnourishment. This is what makes non-fast food junk food
so insidious, and the damage it causes so difficult to spot- you can look perfectly
fine on the outside, while on the inside your body is slowly breaking down because of a
lack of nutrients. The teenager’s poor diet had led to nutritional
optic neuropathy, a condition in which a lack of nutrients begins to affect the function
of the optic nerve. Typically though this condition is seen in
nations with starving populations, or with individuals who are unable to absorb nutrients
from the food they eat or have bowel issues. Due to the emergence of processed foods though,
this condition is now appearing in people who simply eat extremely restricted diets. Sadly, had the teenager changed his eating
habits even just a year before his vision went completely, he likely would have made
a full recovery. After so long of terrible nutrition though,
the optic nerve had degenerated enough to permanently blind him. His hearing has also been affected and there’s
concern that the damage the brain has suffered may manifest with mental illnesses later in
life. Parents of the teenager today report that
he suffers from extreme depression due to his condition and has dropped out of college. His mother has had to quit her job to become
a full-time caretaker and though they try to improve his diet, he still refuses to eat
better food. While this story is typically reported along
with images of fast food, it’s important to note that it was not fast food that harmed
this teenager. In fact, fast food would’ve probably been
healthier than what he was eating- aside from weight gain issues. Instead, it was the extremely restricted nature
of his diet, helped along with the fact that not only was he eating a very narrow list
of foods, but those foods happened to be extremely processed, which further reduced their nutritional
value. What this means is that no, you yourself aren’t
going to go blind just from eating fast food or processed foods, and only run the risk
if you too adopt such an aggressively limited diet. Researchers now believe however that the teenager
in question actually suffered from a psychological condition known as Avoidant Restrictive Food
Intake Disorder, or ARFID. A relatively newly diagnosed mental disorder,
ARFID was only added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in
2013. Individuals affected are more than just picky
eaters, and that term only serves to imply that the individual is poorly disciplined
or spoiled by caretakers. Instead, people with ARFID actively avoid
some, or many food items, because of severe anxiety that they suffer when eating them. Sometimes individuals may even experience
extreme emotional discomfort related to the actual texture of the food. When attempting to eat one of these unwanted
foods, individuals experience gagging and vomiting, which only reinforces the desire
to stay away from these foods. Some individuals even experience intense fears
of actually choking to death if they were to consume the foods they fear. Psychologically unable to eat anything outside
of their extremely restricted diet, individuals with ARFID can quickly become malnourished. This british teenager however was a rather
extreme case, and most people have only a small or moderate list of foods that they
cannot eat. Psychologists still don’t understand what
triggers conditions like ARFID, but much like anorexia and other eating disorders, the condition
can be improved with professional help. Sadly for the british child in this story,
his condition was missed, likely by an understandable lack of knowledge of the condition, and his
fate was sealed. Still, with their child’s health steadily
decreasing, it begs the question of why his parents didn’t seek out other professional
help when traditional medical help wasn’t resolving the issue. In the end, we should carefully balance how
much junk food we eat, but unless you’re eating such an extremely limited diet, you’re not
in danger of going blind anytime soon. Are there any foods you refuse to eat? Do you know anyone with ARFID? Let us know in the comments! And as always if you enjoyed this video don’t
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100 thoughts on “A Boy Ate Nothing But Junk Food! This Is What Happened To Him”

  1. Maybe all these eating disorders and stuff is natural selection trying new ways to reduce our numbers back to a normal level but we keep a step ahead. It's gonna catch up to us though

  2. Mate. B12 is found in dirt. That is where (naturally) animals get it but most are fed it artificially. You very much can get b12 from other sources.

  3. The fact that the kid never made a change even after those extremely horrendous results that he could, pun intended, see for himself … he deserves what he gets.
    I just hope he doesn't procreate

  4. I will not eat Mushrooms. Yuck. Fried. Finely chopped. Whatever. Will not eat them. ICK! I'm gluten intolerant so I pretty much HAVE to avoid most of the foods they're talking about here.

  5. I have NF or, Neurofibromatosis and going to 7:00 is a common side effect for kids or some foods texture cause us to dislike a lot of foods

    Edit: it's not an emotional discomfort its a gag reflex

  6. Wow. I love your channel but to rip directly from ChubbyEmu? That's kinda low to steal ideas from fellow content creators.

  7. The parents facilitated the child's development of this eating "disorder".
    This becomes alarmingly apparent as the video points out his diet was never initially presented. i.e. The parents did not find it abnormal, or were aware, but did not share, indicating mental issues that the son probably inherited. Maybe in regards to their diet? Hmm

    The video paints a picture of this being more nature then nurture I feel.

  8. i think i used to have ARFID, i used to have emotional responses and fears of choking to death, if it's curable then i cured it on my own, that's only if it can be cured. i didn't know that was actually a mental illness, the more you know. my strategy was therapy, first for me was fruit, while i don't have a sweet tooth, i used the sweetness of fruit as a motivation. my diet was mostly, chicken flavored rice (partially processed) baked chips (i thought they tasted better than fried and i was persistent to the point that i convinced my mother that it was healthier than fried)

    i didn't like meat until i was 12, i didn't eat many fruits despite a liking for apples from when i was 5 until my school started serving more fruit. last week i expanded to bananas because of my appetite. i still have fears of the consistency of oranges so i will not eat those. my main motivation was staying light enough to ride a horse (unfortunately i need to a method to control my leptins hormones before i attempt weight loss because i stress easy)

    while not forcing it, i'd say be persistent and to use what motivates them the most. use similar therapeutic techniques used to conquer fear or psychological problems such as PTSD. also i'd try to produce the taste of the same food while spiking it with nutrients, then i'd inform them of how to prep it once i get a quick method down, especially once they feel better. try to make them somewhat admire or idolize it, motivate them to follow and develop a discipline to condition them towards since they conditioned themselves through the routine they made most favored and dare say flavored to them. i did this while operating under a weight loss placebo effect (partially lost weight but it's very slow, once again leptins are a serious obstacle)

  9. speaking of which, Infographics Show (using channel name for name0like designation, sorry for the weird sounding mental read), mind if i make a request, if so then my request is to cover an episode on Leptins, i'd like to know more about it from you guys also to bring the issue to light that that's the main elephant in the room since it controls the hunger that often counteracts weight loss Directly

  10. I'm no vegan – I like my steak and pork chops. But I also like my veggies. I may be addicted to cucumber – and chocolate. Definitely chocolate !!

    One food I will never eat:
    liver 😖🤮 !!

  11. I have ARFIDS too. His parents should have intervened and had blood work done and put him in hospital to get nutrition pumped straight into his bloodstream

  12. It shouldn’t have taken til the end of the video to mention he has ARFIDS. It made him sound spoiled with the term ‘his condition’

  13. "civilized countries" as yes, Germany is very civilized. Indeed no war time propaganda in here. Lets just go on about our days.

  14. Chubyemu documented this case. Because his diet had no vitamin b-12 his nerves are not able to get signals to the rest of his body.

  15. And for all the Americans who don't know what that means because of the rising cost of healthcare, a doctor is— hits like button so hard it breaks… oops

  16. I know what triggers arfid. Because the boy didnt get home made meals made by the parents he developed arfid due to just starting to avoid healthy meals and got used to it so much that his mind tells him u see that carrot? You'll puke if you'll try to eat it.

  17. Funny how many "normal" sized individuals often have horrible diets but are praised for being "healthy". Yet, most overweight people are eating well but are judged to be unhealthy based in their size…which could be caused by any number of things such as AD36, PCOS, pregnancy, etc…

  18. What if everything changed sides like an apple is junk food and a burger is a healthy fruit and the apple has the same calories and things a burger has and a apple the same as a burger, so a apple can be junk food when switching sides

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