A variety of McDonald’s burgers, wraps and the preferred nuggets. Picture: Nicholas Welsh
A TEENAGE girl who has eaten almost nothing else except chicken nuggets for 15 years has been warned by doctors the junk food is killing her.
Stacey Irvine, 17, has been hooked on the fast food since her mother bought her some at a McDonald’s restaurant when she was two, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Shocked doctors learned of her habit when the factory worker, from Birmingham, north of London, collapsed and was taken to hospital after struggling to breathe.
Ms Irvine, who has never eaten fruit or vegetables, had swollen veins in her tongue and was found to have anaemia.
Medics gave her a series of injections and started her on an urgent course of vitamins.
Despite being warned she could die if she stuck to her nugget addiction, she still can’t resist the fast food.
Despite a diet that regularly means she eats at least a third more than the 56g of fat recommended by experts, she manages to keep relatively trim.
This may be down to the amount of exercise she does or to her metabolism.
But the craving is taking a toll on her health. A lack of vitamins and other nutrients combined with a dangerous amount of salt can raise blood pressure and weaken the immune system and lead to an increased risk of heart attacks or strokes, particularly as Ms Irvine ages.
A less serious consequence of her craving is that she is struggling to find places to store all the free toys and novelties that come with the meals. They currently fill four bin bags.
Her exasperated mother Evonne Irvine, 39, who is battling to get her daughter seen by a specialist, said: “It breaks my heart to see her eating those damned nuggets.
“She’s been told in no uncertain terms that she’ll die if she carries on like this. But she says she can’t eat anything else.”
She once tried unsuccessfully to starve her daughter in a bid to have her eat nutritious food.
Ms Irvine, whose only other variation in her diet is the occasional slice of toast for breakfast – and crisps – said that once she tried nuggets she “loved them so much they were all I would eat”.
Evonne Irvine’s other two children – Leo, five, and Ava, three – both eat healthily.
In one six-piece portion of McNuggets there are 280 calories, 17g of fat, 16g of carbohydrate, 14g protein, and 600mg sodium and in a small portion of fries there are 230 calories, 11g of fat, 29g of carbohydrates, 3g protein and 160mg sodium.
If Ms Irvine ate three portions of each in a day she would eat a third more fat and almost double the recommended salt but virtually no vitamin C.
Each portion of nuggets contains just two per cent of the daily vitamin C requirement.