A TEENAGE girl suffered from a rare case of “dieting paralysis” after rapidly losing a few pounds.
The unnamed 19-year-old girl from Southeast Asia embarked on a weight-loss journey that included a high-protein diet and intermittent fasting for up to 16 hours a day.
After shedding 45 pounds of fat in just four months, the teen noticed something common was happening to her body during exercise — she couldn’t lift her feet off the floor or move her toes.
Malaysian medics wrote in The Egyptian Journal of Neurology that the girl suffered from a neurological condition nicknamed paralysis of slimming.
Officially known as isolated common peroneal neuropathy, the rare condition can occur after significant weight loss.
Rapid weight loss can – in some cases – damage the peroneal nerve (in the leg), resulting in loss of movement or sensation in the foot or leg.
The young girl regained full control of her feet after a change in diet and physical therapy, the experts concluded.
The condition is rarely associated with weight loss, but experts predict cases will increase over the next few years.
“With the recent growing popularity of weight-loss diets, we anticipate that this rare but reversible neurological disorder will increase in prevalence in the near future,” the report said.
“Clinicians need to be aware of the processes underlying this disease and its beneficial outcome if caught earlier,” they added.
https://www.the-sun.com/health/7221049/teenager-shed-weight-slimmers-palsy/ Teenage girl left suffering rare case of ‘slimmer’s palsy’ after following common diet to shed pounds