A woman has been criticized for her cruel behavior towards her “overweight” niece.
The 32-year-old recently hosted a family gathering and judged her older sister for “spoiling” her daughter with food even though the child was “extremely” 10kg overweight.
The woman prepared a healthy salad and chicken for lunch and baked a cake for dessert.
‘My niece asked for a second portion and I declined. “I care about my niece’s health but I didn’t want to single her out so I said I’d save it for later,” she revealed on Reddit.
She shared that she then gave other children extra slices of cake and encouraged them to lie to her overweight niece about the food.
A woman has been criticized for her cruel behavior towards her ‘fat’ niece
The woman explained her version of events in a publication.
‘After dinner, while the children were playing in the living room, my seven-year-old daughter and her other cousins came up to me to ask for a second piece of cake.
‘I didn’t want the cake to go to waste, so I agreed to give them another piece if they didn’t tell their cousin. Finally, my niece found out and started crying, and my sister got mad at me for “punishing” her daughter.
“I told her we wouldn’t be in this situation if she had actually taken care of her son, which made her angry and she has been ignoring me ever since.”
Many criticized her for being controlling.
‘It is not your responsibility to control your niece’s food intake. If you think that her parents are not doing a good job in this regard, then you should let them know. “You can’t choose what’s appropriate for your child,” said one.
‘She is eight years. She doesn’t understand how to diet or limit food intake to control weight. “She’s looking at what’s fair and you made it clear that she doesn’t think she deserves extra dessert as much as her cousins,” wrote another.
Some also took issue with the woman teaching other children bad behavior.
‘She is also teaching children to lie. “Some of the children she taught to lie were not even her own children,” one of them noted.
Another said: “You are teaching your daughter that it is okay to judge others by their weight, which can ruin your daughter’s view of herself, her relationship with her own body and her food.”
But some claimed she was not entirely wrong.
‘You can set the rules in your own home. If that means just a slice of cake, then that’s perfectly appropriate. However, that rule should be applied fairly to all children,” one woman wrote.