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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    At 2 years old I think there are things you can do to force your child to eat, but at 17 I do not think there is. If there was a way to force a 17 year old to eat, then I think there would be a lot less of anorexia.

    I am not saying that this family should not be investigated, but if a teenager is provided with good food and just refuses to eat it I do not think that is completely within the parents control. I do think this family could have done things better way back when, but it is not possible to go back and change way back when.
    But do you think their lack of proper parenting, even when she was young, should be ignored...just because it wasn't discovered until she was a teen? I think the timing is kind of irrelevant in this case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    I think this young woman may also need professional intervention and treatment. There is something more going on than just a bettle of wills or a stubborn child. I have never met a picky eater IRL who will only eat 1 food - the only other time I have heard of it was on the Freaky Eaters show with the unreliable taster.
    I kind of felt like this too. I mean this is really extreme. By the very nature of food, typically even a very picky individual would find more than 1, maybe 3 foods that they can eat. I mean by the laws of nature and survival, food has to be naturally appealing to some degree...something is awry if its not!

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    I do think to only eat one food is some kind of eating disorder. I do not necessarily think the answer is to take the child away from her family (I know, that is not what everyone is saying).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SID081108 View Post
    But do you think their lack of proper parenting, even when she was young, should be ignored...just because it wasn't discovered until she was a teen? I think the timing is kind of irrelevant in this case.
    What do you think should happen? An abuse label or neglect label will not accomplish anything. The other children in the family are eating normally. Are you suggesting taking the child or sending the parents to jail? The only thing CPS can do is work with the family to improve her eating habits now. If now the parents are providing her with good food and are trying to make her better, they can not go back and try them for something that happened years and years ago. (Again, not talking about sexual or other abuse that would be a criminal trial)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    What do you think should happen? An abuse label or neglect label will not accomplish anything. The other children in the family are eating normally.
    I do think Melissa had a fair point about it being on the record in case anything else goes wrong with the other kids.

    I would feel very badly though if this was truly an undiagnosed eating condition/mental disorder of some sort though, that everyone, including the parents simply thought was pickiness. It really is so freakish that I have to wonder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    At 2 years old I think there are things you can do to force your child to eat, but at 17 I do not think there is. If there was a way to force a 17 year old to eat, then I think there would be a lot less of anorexia.

    I am not saying that this family should not be investigated, but if a teenager is provided with good food and just refuses to eat it I do not think that is completely within the parents control. I do think this family could have done things better way back when, but it is not possible to go back and change way back when.
    You can force a 17 year old with anorexia to eat- quite easily as they are a minor. You put them in an inpatient treatment center. If it comes to it they will be fed via a feeding tube. Anorexia isn't just about "not eating" however- it's a complex psychological disorder and needs a myriad of treatments and therapies to treat.

    Thats what good parents do. Negligent parents ignore a starving child or a child killing themselves on nuggets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    I think this young woman may also need professional intervention and treatment. There is something more going on than just a bettle of wills or a stubborn child. I have never met a picky eater IRL who will only eat 1 food - the only other time I have heard of it was on the Freaky Eaters show with the unreliable taster.
    What is that disorder called....Um. Pica? Is that it? I know this case isn't pica but it's kind of similar having a bizarre need to eat a particular thing. I know with pica they crave non-food items though, like drywall and dryer lint.

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    I would agree with an abuse or neglect charge if that was the legal gateway for someone to be able to come in and do counseling for the girl and perhaps some sort of education for the parents. I think it certainly needs to be addressed, but I also agree with others that I don't think that pulling a child out of an otherwise loving home over food issues should be the first step.

    I admit that I don't really know what it's like because T's not overly picky. He loves any kind of fruit, any kind of meat or fish, and most vegetables. It's actually starches that I have the most trouble getting into him (like rice or pasta) which is totally foreign to me (I'm such a carb girl myself.) But like, I just have such a hard time imagining that an otherwise healthy normal child would allow themselves to starve rather than eat if they are being offered regular meals. Somebody said that she went 2 days without eating one time because she wasn't getting her nuggets. What?!? It just makes me think that there must be something else going on with her, other than just pure pickiness. If anything I blame the parents for letting it go for so long and not investigating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    What is that disorder called....Um. Pica? Is that it? I know this case isn't pica but it's kind of similar having a bizarre need to eat a particular thing. I know with pica they crave non-food items though, like drywall and dryer lint.
    I know a guy with Pica. He has eaten all sorts of very strange things (like a shoe!). It is a compulsion with him and he has had to learn to manage it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    What is that disorder called....Um. Pica? Is that it? I know this case isn't pica but it's kind of similar having a bizarre need to eat a particular thing. I know with pica they crave non-food items though, like drywall and dryer lint.
    The term Freaky Eaters used was unreliable taster. It was genetic and she had an extremely low amount of taste buds.

    She needs to be evaluated and should have been over a decade ago.

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