The Rare Eating Disorder That Forces 3 Year Old Boy Into Eating Nothing But Boiled Sweets!

Surely no such condition exists does it? Well poor Finley Ranson, a happy 3 year old boy from Battlesbridge, Essex, just down the road from us here in Braintree has to deal with this terribly debilitating condition every day of his young life. Finley has a severe allergy to food causing his body to react to food in the same way it would a virus. The result is internal bleeding which would ultimately lead to death. Despite having undergone a series of tests from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, Finley’s extremely rare case of eosinophilic enterocolitis has resulted in him having to consume nothing more than boiled sweets. In an attempt to make these sweets more appetising his mother has taken to melting down the sweets into ice lollies so that he can eat them in another form.

Finley is fed via a feeding tube 6 times a day, this is delivering all of the nutrition he needs. In the mean time, at least until somebody can come up with a reason as to why he is having such aggressive reactions to food, Finley will have little more than glacier mints and ice to chew on. Despite all this, his mother explains how brave Finley still manages to smile and laugh every day…an example to us all out there.


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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