Teen babysitter supported for defying strict kids’ diets

A teenager has been supported online in a popular post for choosing to feed her cousins ​​”forbidden” food, going against her aunt’s “hippie” dietary rules.

The post was shared in the popular subreddit “Am I the A**hole”, where users turn to for advice on personal issues. As was the case with this unnamed 18-year-old cousin, users flooded the post with conclusive reactions to the situation.

In just one day, the post garnered over 13,000 votes and people supported Kishor and even gave him tough advice on next steps to help children.

The teenager shared that her aunt is a “self-proclaimed hippie” who doesn’t believe in modern medicine, including giving one of her two children glasses. After losing their jobs last year for refusing to take the vaccine, the aunt and her children—a 12-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl—moved to live with an 18-year-old family.

When she started raising her cousins ​​while her aunt was looking for a job, the aunt gave her a long list of things the kids couldn’t eat, which said—”No fat, no seasoning, No sugar, no carbs, no dairy among many other requests I found ridiculous,” wrote Cousins.

Stock image of two children laughing while having dinner.
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Restrictive diets for children have long been a divisive topic, with arguments for negative effects, both physical and mental.

According to some research, classifying foods as “bad” in a child’s eyes may actually have the opposite effect of the desired effect and make them more appealing, when children want to eat them even when they are not hungry. According to studies, children who diet are at a higher risk of developing an eating disorder in the future.

The British Nutrition Foundation found that in the UK, 20 per cent of children follow some kind of elimination diet, but only three to six per cent have a medical condition that makes it necessary.

Various reports have emerged in recent years of families around the world coping with the devastating effects of strict diets for their children, including a child in Italy who was reportedly severely affected by a vegetarian diet. was found malnourished and was removed from the care of the family. In Belgium, a seven-month-old baby reportedly died after eating a lactose- and gluten-free diet.

However, various official boards confirm that a diet including vegetarian and vegan diets can be followed successfully with proper medical advice and complete planning.

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Infographic showing the American diet, as provided by Statista.
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The story of this anonymous teen is far from just vegetarian or vegan, as the post explains.

“I must state, both of my cousins ​​are skinny to such an extent that some would consider them malnourished, so the fact that they had to diet on top of this was ridiculous,” she wrote. “At first I followed his rules, they’re his kids, after all not mine. But after a while I started noticing how the diet affected the kids. They never had enough energy to do anything.” Yes, they didn’t want to run or play. Most of the kids are their age and look pathetic in general.”

The teenager said she then began adding “forbidden foods” to her diet, which helped her soon “get to some healthy weight and start playing like most kids her age.”

Next, she took one of her cousins ​​to an optometrist to have her eyes checked, finding that she needed glasses. She wrote, “I bought him glasses and told him to wear them whenever my aunt is not around and he later thanked me that he could finally see the chalkboards at school.”

“Last week we were playing in a park and I gave my youngest cousin some mini Oreos to share with her friends on the playground. Later I only gave my aunt my direction to the five-year-old Pulling over and heard crying, apparently it was a walk in the park when he saw her eating Oreos. Then she saw the 12-year-old wearing glasses and was completely lost on me.”

According to the teenager, the aunt confiscated the glasses and went to her sister’s house.

Reddit users were shocked by the situation and rushed to support the young woman.

“I can understand someone having strict dietary rules for my family, but carbs provide the body with the energy it needs to promote cellular division for organs and the nervous system, aid digestion, and for regular bodily functions. It is important that children eat a balanced diet with carbohydrates for normal growth,” argued one user.

“But denying a child clear vision is a serious red flag. It’s abuse, full stop. Poor vision is an inherited trait that’s easily corrected, so I can’t think of someone so fat as to wear glasses.” be unnecessary,” he said.
“NTA, and I would strongly suggest that you contact Child Protection Services. This woman is a threat to the well being of her children.”

Another user agreed, similarly terming her “not the s**hole”, writing: “Your place is not for decisions like no TV. A kid desperately needs glasses, or intentionally starving your kids.” Don’t make decisions like keeping.”

Responding to online support, the teenager shared that she managed to find contact details for the children’s fathers, and tried to reach him, instructing Reddit users.

“If I fail to do so, I will probably try to reach out to my aunt one last time. I am trying to take the most peaceful route as I do not want my cousins ​​to go through the process of CPS investigation.” Concluded online. “But if none of those things work and nothing changes then I would definitely contact the CPS.”

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