Madison wrote:RugbyD wrote:seems like his parents are intent on enabling him. i don't think this is something to break up a family for because the parents are not guilty of neglect (they appear to love him very much and pay penty of attention to him) and are not guilty of any sort of physical abuse. they are just the biggest cowards and pushovers on the planet. throw locks on the fridge and cabinets and let the kid cry his ham tears until he goes to bed on a normal diet. i read elsewhere that he can't make the 5-minute walk to school b/c he gets too tired or pukes on the way there. Make him walk every day and he'll get one step closer to school before he pukes and soon enough he'll make it the whole way.
I agree with everything you wrote except:
"the parents are not guilty of neglect"
Yes they most certainly are. They are allowing their child's health to suffer for no reason at all. It is their responsibility to protect their child (even from himself or them) and see to his well being. They are clearly ignoring and reglecting that responsibility as this child is not healthy in the least, and they are the ones causing him to not be healthy. They are clearly neglecting the health of their child. Would be no different than not feeding him at all, which I doubt anyone would argue isn't neglect.
I can understand disagreement on that point, but my view here is to distiguish between neglecting the general parental repsonsibilities and specifically neglecting the child. It is a fine line, but i think it can be drawn.
These parents are enablers of a very unhealthy lifestyle. There are a lot of these type of parents. This is a particularly easy case to single out beause of its extremity, but the parents' actions are no different than many; maybe a difference of 3 twinkies a week, but we wonuld't hear the govt clamoring about them. These parents are very involved in the child's life, they just suck at it. Neglect is a term I would reserve for non-parents, not stupid ones.