Stacey Irvine looks surprisingly well for a 17-year-old who's eaten onlychicken nuggets since she was 2. But when she recently went to the hospital after passing out from struggling to breathe, doctors told her that she absolutely had to eat more healthily.
"She's been told in no uncertain terms that she will die if she carries on like this, but Stacey says she can't eat anything else," her mom, Evonne, told U.K.'s Daily Mail. "It breaks my heart to see her eating those damned nuggets. I am at my wit's end. I'm praying she can be helped before it's too late."
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Evonne says her two younger children eat normally, and that she's tried depriving Stacey of food to force her to expand her repertoire.
Stacey claims never to have tasted fruits or vegetables, but admits to sometimes eating fries and toast. "McDonald's chicken nuggets are my favorite," said Stacey. "I share 20 with my boyfriend, with [fries]." She also enjoys nuggets from KFC and the supermarket.
In the hospital, Stacey was injected with much-needed vitamins and doctors found that she suffered from anaemia and inflamed veins on her tongue due to her obsessive diet.
It's hard to imagine that in the 15 years since Stacey tasted her first nugget at McDonald's, her mom has been unable to influence her to eat the minimal level of nutrients necessary to sustain a human being. Do you think this level of leniency qualifies as abuse? How have you gotten your kids to expand beyond their comfort foods?
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Child Abuse? 17-Year-Old Drops After Eating Only Chicken Nuggets Since Age 2
What do you think? Should the mother be charged with child abuse? Do you believe that a child as young as TWO can honestly be in charge of their food choices, and only eat chicken nuggets, all day, every day, for years, and have it NOT be abuse?
Yes, it is abuse, IMO. This makes me feel sick. The mother is completely responsible. Somebody gave her that first nugget and continued to buy them for her through her entire childhood - long before the girl was able to buy them on her own. Complete neglect and I would enjoy seeing this mother charged.
As a mom with a picky eater w/sensory issues with smells I know the battle for them to eat out of their comfort zone.
However, I definitely think they contributed to it but I have a hard time with abuse on this. Did mom and dad try to address with physicians at any point?
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
Yeah, I'm okay with abuse on this one.
My family has never had fast food, and even though we don't eat it I don't know anyone who would argue that the occasional feeding of it to ones children would be ABUSE....however, just it only it 24/7? Yeah. Clear cut, just from the physical problems alone that this "diet" has caused.
Yeah. I don't see this story as any different than the parents who were arrested after their baby died because the exclusively bfing mother was a vegan and the infant was severely malnourished as a result.
Absolutely abuse. My 2nd child is very picky, and will not eat one single vegetable. However, she will still eat those squeezable baby foods (Happy Baby or Plum Organic), so I buy the ones with veggies in them (mixed with fruit) and she has at least one a day, often 2. While I do think it's kind of unusual for a 2 year old to still be eating purees, at least I know that for now she is getting some nutrients she needs. I simply don't believe that this mother could not get her child to eat anything else from the age of two, and it has to be abuse because the child's health has absolutely suffered terribly from her lack of proper parenting.
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
I don't even understand how something like this happens.
I think if they could somehow address this problem without criminalizing the parent...that would be a better solution for this girl. I'm not keen on throwing around abuse charges on something like this. If the family is not dysfunctional otherwise, what benefit to the daughter would be it be criminalize her parents? To me, abuse means that overall, a child would be better off without their parents than with them. I think its really hard to tell if overall that would be the case in this situation.
Maybe some middle ground where they are forced to find proper help for her and prove they are attempting to address the problem. I could see not seeking proper help on this could be considered medical neglect, but not abuse.
Unless of course there are all sorts of other dysfunctional things going on int he family that would justify a large abuse case.
Last edited by KimPossible; 07-11-2013 at 04:48 PM.