Nutrition doesn’t just depend on how much you eat but what you eat.
A teenager who only ate five different foods went blind despite having no visible signs he was malnourished, according to his doctor. Every day, he would eat a portion of fries, and snack on Pringles, white bread, slices of processed ham and sausages.
The unnamed boy visited his family doctor complaining that he was tired, according to a case study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The doctor learned the boy was a “fussy eater,” but he looked well. Tests revealed he was anemic and had low levels of vitamin B12.
By the age of 15, his hearing and vision started to fade. An MRI scan revealed he had no structural problems with his ears, while an eye test similarly failed to reveal any structural cause.
His vision continued to deteriorate, and by the age of 17 and doctors discovered the boy had suffered damage to his optic nerve. The teenager had 20/200 vision, meaning he was considered legally blind. Some 2 billion people worldwide are affected by micronutrient deficiencies. But there is little awareness among health professionals and the public of the damage this can do to visual health.
Here was a boy who consumed enough calories—he had normal height and weight and no visible signs of malnutrition—but he restricted his food to crisps and chips [fries] and a bit of processed pork. In other words, energy-dense foods of little nutritional value. The case illustrates the fact that calorie intake and BMI are not reliable indicators of nutritional status.
This is an extreme example of modern-day malnutrition that is not necessarily energy deficiency but a deficiency in minerals and fiber.
An All-Junk Diet, in Extreme Cases, Is Now Considered an Eating Disorder
Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder isn’t just “picky eating.”
Despite growing awareness of how harmful eating disorders are and how many people they impact (demographically, anyone and everyone!): As long as a skinny body is enough to fool doctors into handing patients a clean bill of health, it’s definitely worth taking a nutrient-deficient diet, and the pathologies it could center around, very seriously.
What is a healthy diet?
Eating a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be overly complicated. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite.
The truth is that while some specific foods or nutrients have been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood, it’s your overall dietary pattern that is most important. The cornerstone of a healthy diet should be to replace processed food with real food whenever possible. Eating food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it can make a huge difference to the way you think, look, and feel.
We all need a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals in our diets to sustain a healthy body. You don’t need to eliminate certain categories of food from your diet, but rather select the healthiest options from each category.
The air you breathe and the water you drink, the particular diet you eat, the quality of the food
available to you, your level of physical exercise all affect your health.
Nutrition aims at addressing the imbalances in the body by restoring function
through food, lifestyle and supplement interventions. We transform dysfunctioning bodily
systems into optimal, functional health.
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