Should I speak with my brother about his very overweight child?
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|Sun, 09-01-2013 - 6:38pm|
I know it's probably none of my business and I should mind my own, but it is very difficult for me to do this. My brother and sister-in-law have one child. She's a very sweet six-year-old, but she is very overweight. I'm not talking chubby, but probably a good 100 pounds or more. My sister-in-law stopped taking her to the physician for check ups when he told her that she should be put on a healthier diet. When my brother tries to say anything about it, such as gently reminding his daughter that she doesn't need a second helping of whatever it is she's eating, my sister-in-law scolds my brother....so as a result, he has given up. ( It's important to note that my sister-in-law is overweight as well, so maybe she doesn't see this as an issue?) I recently saw my niece, and it had been a year or so since I saw her last, and she is even bigger than ever. She came over to a dinner at my home, and not only did she have second helpings of everything, but asked me for a "snack for the road"..even though they were only going back to my mother's home, which is five minutes away. I tried to offer a healthier snack, but she went through my pantry until she found something sweet. My mother, awful as it sounds, was actually embarassed to be seen with this child when they took her shopping for toys, because her mother (my sister-in-law) let the daughter go through the store eating as she shopped. My niece would just open the snacks before they were paid for and start eating them. To make matters worse, my brother and sister-in-law recently moved to a small town so my brother could accept a new job offer, and my sister-in-law has decided to home school my niece. All I can think of is that now she will get no activity whatsoever, because at least in school they have P.E. class and talk about healthy eating, and she will instead sit home and eat all day. I hate to see this continue, because truly this child's health is in danger. I know her mother get's VERY offended when anybody triesd to say anything, but I feel like someone has to advocate for this child. Advice please.