Teen who reportedly ate only chicken nuggets since age 2 hospitalized
posted at 1:10 pm on March 20, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
It’s a story that needs to be taken with a grain of salt, no pun intended. The Sun reports that a British teenager whose mother insists has eaten “practically nothing” beyond chicken nuggets since age 2 recently collapsed and was rushed to a hospital struggling to breathe.
Judging from her pictures, 17-year-old Stacey Irvine looks pretty healthy. But according to the news report, the girl, who is a factory worker(!), was diagnosed with anemia and swollen veins in her tongue. During her hospital stay, Irvine was injected with vitamins.
Irvine, who claims she has never tasted a vegetable or fruit, was told “in no uncertain terms that she will die if she carries on like this” her mother, Evonne, told reporters.
It breaks my heart to see her eating those damned nuggets. I am at my wit’s end. I’m praying she can be helped before it’s too late.
The mother maintains that her two younger children eat normally, and that she’s tried depriving Stacey of food to force her to expand her dietary horizons—which so far have reportedly been extended only as far as “fries and toast.”
In its own report on the incident, the website Take Part asks whether her mother’s lassitude toward ensuring that her daughter received minimal levels of health-sustaining nutrients for 15 years of her life constitutes parental abuse. I would venture to say that in the U.S. in this day and age, it probably would.
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