Why the boys freed from a Thai cave can’t have their favorite meals yet

ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) — Before a complicated rescue freed 12 boys and their coach, who were trapped inside a Thailand cave, the boys had written letters to their families requesting rich, home-cooked meals when they got out.

So far, doctors have only allowed them to have bland, low-calorie foods in order to help prevent a condition known as re-feeding syndrome.

Re-feeding syndrome is a potentially deadly condition that can occur when a person in a state of starvation is allowed to eat too many calories, too quickly.

Dr. Jennifer Chuang, an adolescent medicine specialist who treats patients with severe malnutrition requiring hospitalization, told ABC …read more