Teenager blinded by chips and junk food diet – News Review reviews

June 1, 2022



A British teenager has been ‘blinded’ by eating a diet of nothing but chips, crisps and other junk food for the last 10 years. This has led to a vitamin shortage and caused irreparable damage to his eyesight.

The story
Experts are warning about the dangers of fussy eating. It’s after a medical journal reported the case of a 17-year-old who suffered severe damage to his eyesight after living on a diet of chips and crisps since leaving primary school. Tests have revealed he had severe vitamin deficiencies and malnutrition.

Key words and phrases
go (blind)
become (blind)

• I went blind due to a bike accident I had when I was younger.
• When she opened the fridge, the smell made her realise that the milk had gone off.

fussy
not easily pleased regarding certain things

• I can be very fussy about who I date. That’s why I’m single. I don’t want just anyone.
• He used to be such a fussy eater, but now he’s an adult, he’ll eat anything.

deficiency
not having enough of something

• Due to excessive use, the Earth could soon have a resource deficiency.
• Due to a deficiency in available staff, the shop will be closing early today.

Language challenge

In US English, they say ‘potato chips’. In UK English, we say:
a) French fries
b) chips
c) crisps

For the answer, watch this on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-11/session-106

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27 Comments
  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English June 1, 2022 at 7:38 am

    We've mentioned the dangers of a junk food diet on a previous programme. Watch "Ultra-processed food health warning" in this Lingohack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee3ZSMbOViQ&list=PLcetZ6gSk96_UR0qeay5Dh52SvAD-vmGH&index=14&t=0s

  2. How can I find its text

  3. Like Dan and Catherine.

  4. I am watching this video in 2121 and i hace watched more recent ones and i wonder what happened with Dan , since the pandemic started he does not appear in tje videos

  5. Due to a money deficiency, I couldn't learn English in the center :<

  6. You People are Awesome

  7. Reply
    English with Kamani June 1, 2022 at 7:38 am

    I'm overfilled by your teaching thanks lots

  8. You can say that Myanmar and peoples of SEA as fussy rice eater.We don't content without two meals a day with rice at least.

  9. y los subtítulos?

  10. I am Pankaj Bapusaheb Kamble from Palus Maharashtra India. I get to learn standard by your program.

  11. Im so grateful, thank you bbc

  12. Reply
    ميعاد الحارثي June 1, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Don’t make a fuss

  13. The guy's face looks bruised..

  14. Dan, what happened to your face? ) Do you like boxing?

  15. Time for us to take notes: 4:23 6:57 9:33

  16. If anyone has vitamin D deficiency , it's highly probable he would go bold

  17. Reply
    Oleksandr Zalishchuk June 1, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Thank you, guys, I really enjoy these video lessons.

  18. Thanks ♥️♥️

  19. So happy that they post subtitle on it, so I can see every words they said, and if I don’t know the words, I can check the dictionary.

  20. Reply
    Furta Area chanel June 1, 2022 at 7:38 am

    BBC English

  21. Reply
    Катя Юрчук June 1, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Thank BBC

  22. Hi, in my opinion, I don't think that that guy has gone blind because of the lack of certain food or vitamin deficiency.
    There are millions of people who don't have enough food around the world and yes those people are suffering many medical problems but they aren't going blind.
    The world is full of famines.
    I think that guy, I feel sorry for him, has a genetic problem because bread, chips, and sausage have many vitamins that can compensate his lack of eating vegetables.

  23. Good job

  24. Teenagers usted to be less fussy with diet habits in the past than now

  25. I'm going deficiency of money now, because I'm pretty fussy about which job to do. Is it correct? thanks XD

  26. Reply
    Alessandro Messina June 1, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Always nice listening BBC lessons!!

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