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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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I love you - common sense in a no-nonsense package with jewels like "lard-colored" glasses thrown in for a good chortle. Geez, I had to put down my Twinkies and Cheez Doodles to comment when I finished reading! :) As much as I hate that parents get blamed for almost everything, in this case, it's completely warranted. The remedy is as simple as you said: Don't buy the junk, kid can't inhale it. He won't be starving anytime soon. The Mom might go insane from the whining for goodies but that's the price you pay for abdicating your parental role for far too long...

Linda,
I agree with your opinions 100%. However, at this point, the government may have to step in if repeated attempts to reach out to the mother have failed. I'm not saying they have to take the boy away, but how many times does a government official have to say she is"(by)what they are doing is, through the way they are treating him and feeding him, they are slowly killing him" before they maybe press charges against her for abuse? I'm not saying she has to go to jail, but charging her, placing her on probation and subjecting her to daily visits by authorities to police her home for example, undesirable foods, and providing transportation to appointments, or setting up homecare, I suppose they have that in England as we do here, would at least be a step in the right direction. I know we shouldn't judge people by their looks, but the mother does not appear to be the brightest bulb in the pack. It's possible she is a bit slow, perhaps she doesn't really grasp the levity, but most people, mentally challenged or not understand standing in a courtroom before a judge.
Another thing I am wondering, as I have not yet read this anywhere as of yet,is have they tested him for Prader-Willi syndrome? By definition:PWS is a complex genetic disorder that includes...and most specifically, an involuntary urge to eat constantly, which, coupled with a reduced need for calories, leads to severe obesity.
It is a genetic defect, not necessarily inherited, that causes severe, tantrum type behaviors when food is not allowed, they are usually morbidly obese as young children before they are diagnosed, but the diagnosis is looked for at this stage of the game, when a child is so morbidly obese and violent behavior and an insatiable appetite is reported. If he does have Prader-Willi, only behavior modification and medication will help, but it will never go away or be cured. This is something they need to consider ASAP as this would not be the mother's fault, and she needs help desperately to deal with this child for the rest of his life. He literally could eat himself to death, other people with this disease most certainly have.
Thanks for "listening"
-Michelle
(a mom and former morbidly obese child and adult)

Linda:

"Hey, Nicola. If you don’t buy it, he can’t eat it. And if he spits out the good stuff? Let him starve. And when he begins to whine, as has been his main method of thwarting any attempts to curb his every-20-minutes-cookie-binging? Buy yourself some earplugs and tell him to shut the *(&@ up."

To take it back to the 80s, "Word." You are my new hero. :-)

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