26/01/2012 14:11 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Teen Eats Only Chicken Nuggets For 15 Years. Docs Say Her Extreme Diet 'Will Kill' Her


A teenager has been told her addiction to chicken nuggets is killing her.

Stacey Irvine, 17, has eaten almost nothing but nuggets since she was two, and recently collapsed at home, struggling to breathe.

Doctors found that she was anaemic and had swollen veins in her tongue - all because of her diet. The teenager underwent vitamin injections in hospital, and is now on a course of medication at home.

Medics urged her to change her eating habits, but Stacey said that although she knows how serious her addiction is, she just can't stop eating the nuggets.

Speaking to The Sun, Stacey, from Castle Vale, Birmingham, said: "I am starting to realise this is really bad for me. McDonald's chicken nuggets are my favourite. I share 20 with my boyfriend with chips. But I also like KFC and supermarket brands. My main meal is always chicken nuggets every day."

Her mum, Evonne, 39, said she is at her 'wit's end' with her daughter and is 'praying she can be helped before it is too late'. She apparently said of her teenaged daughter who lives at home: "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."

Stacey said her addiction began when her mum took her to McDonalds when she was two. Her younger siblings, Leo, five, and three-year-old Ava both eat normally. Stacey says she also eats the occasional slice of toast and packets of crisps...

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