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Dead at 20, the boy who only ate chips and toast.

Death by fast food?

SCOTT Martin's distraught mum Margaret told how she desperately tried to wean her son off his fatal diet of chips, toast and baked beans.

The 56-year-old said he even defied medical experts to keep up his love of junk food. The bizarre diet led to his death at 20 from liver disease and bleeding caused by malnutrition.

Margaret added: "He was fine when he was younger. I could get him to eat properly. But as he grew older he ended up with just toast, beans, chips and the odd tin of spaghetti. He hardly ate any fruit."

Scott's diet was so bad it caused liver cirrhosis - a condition normally associated with heavy drinkers.

He was told a transplant could save him but he was too frightened to have the operation and carried on eating his favourite McDonald's French fries, sliced white bread and tinned beans, all high in salt.

Scott developed auto-immune hepatitis - where the body's own defence system attacks the liver - which caused thinning of the blood.

The condition got so bad that when he needed three infected teeth removed he was warned he could bleed to death or die from the infection. He had the extraction but surgeons could not stop the bleeding and his heartbroken family could only watch helplessly as his life ebbed away.

Scott's sister Gail Fairweather helped care for him in his final months when he was so weak he was confined to a wheelchair.

The mum-of-six said: "In a short time he had gone from being a normal fit, healthy lad to someone who could barely get across the room. Scott began to feel ill last year. In May he was seen by doctors, suffering what we thought was the flu.

"He was tired all the time and could not walk far. He would get out of breath quickly. The doctors sent him to see a specialist.

"The specialist found he had cirrhosis of the liver. We were baffled because Scott was not a drinker. He did not go to pubs, he was a real home boy. But we found out cirrhosis could be caused by bad diet and malnutrition.

"There were only a few things he would eat, McDonald's chips were his favourite.

"He would eat toast but only from sliced white Danish bread with a thin spreading of Lurpak butter. He would eat baked beans but only now and then.

"He was always like that, from when he was little. Finding stuff he'd eat was a struggle."

Childminder Gail, 32, said Scott was terrified of having a transplant and decided to go on medication, against the advice of doctors. She added: "He would not consent to one.

"The medication was not making him any better. He get very weak. For the last six months of his life he was in a wheelchair.

"He saw a dietician and she gave him loads of nutritional drinks but he did not like them."

Scott, who lived with his mum and two sisters in Whitburn, Sunderland, was buried last week. Margaret said: "The hardest thing is that he was so young. I feel I have been robbed of my little boy. He just did not deserve to die like that. It was terrible."

Patrick Holford, founder of The Institute for Optimum Nutrition, said Scott's diet was "a recipe for death".

He added: "A processed and refined foods diet can lead to an early grave. Young people are at a vital stage where a good diet is a must."

From The Mirror
By netchicken: posted on 19-1-2006

What in the world can be said of this?

This is not at all normal; why would he kill himself simply for the taste of junk food?

No one was capable of making this boy eat a proper diet?

... Quote:
I feel I have been robbed of my little boy. He just did not deserve to die like that. It was terrible."

My first thought is to disagree with the assumption that he did not deserve to die in the exact manner he created, but I have to say that he must have had some sort of issue that prevented him from doing right.

Could it have been spiritual? Could he have been afflicted with a demon who drove him to such self-destruction? Yes, it very well could have been, but I suppose we'll never know.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 21-6-2008

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