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.
Thats what good parents do. Negligent parents ignore a starving child or a child killing themselves on nuggets.
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.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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