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Girl collapses from eating chicken nuggets since age 2

  1. Jan 29, 2012 #1
    Good job parents




    Hooked on chicken nuggets: Girl, 17, who has eaten nothing else since age TWO rushed to hospital after collapsing

    Stacey Irvine has breathing problems and anaemia
    Only other food she eats regularly are fries
    But despite warnings cannot resist McDonald's treats


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...alds-chicken-nuggets-age-2.html#ixzz1ktVDhwrP
     
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  3. Jan 29, 2012 #2

    DaveC426913

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    Is dailymail.co.uk a reliable paper? Or is it a rag?

    I don't know.

    But I wouldn't put any credence in the story until I had a better idea of the paper's reputation.

    This sounds a lot like the silly stories in rags, like "Boy will die if he laughs".
     
  4. Jan 29, 2012 #3
    For off beat stories such as this it is OK.
     
  5. Jan 29, 2012 #4

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    In my family (the one I grew up in and the one I raised), picky eaters were unheard of. I don't know if we were just lucky, or if there is a genetic component (e.g., we have no supertasters).

    IMO, from the time kids eat solid food, they should eat what their parents eat. And if that is expected of them, and there is no alternative, that's what they will do.

    But I've seen this sort of thing in *lots* of families, where the kids dictate what they will and won't eat. Sigh.
     
  6. Jan 29, 2012 #5

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    By OK, do you mean accurate? Because, frankly, I don't believe a thing in that story is real.

    Have you posted this for critique? (I do not think it meets PF criteria for posting because it's a rag.)
    Have you posted this for entertainment? (Your opening comment suggests otherwise.)
     
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  7. Jan 29, 2012 #6
    Sounds like "News of the Weird" to me. They specialize in not only collecting such stories but trying to verify them. They even rate them for weirdness and downgrade them the more common such stories become.

    http://www.newsoftheweird.com/
     
  8. Jan 29, 2012 #7

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    She does not look like the kind of person I expected to see when I saw 'eating chicken nuggets since age 2"
     
  9. Jan 29, 2012 #8

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    In my family, it only took one missed dinner to get over being picky by bedtime the same night. There was no bargaining or negotiating. We were given two choices with every meal...eat what is served, or be hungry. Once in a while, my mom made two vegetables instead of one, and we were allowed to choose one if we didn't want both, but skipping the vegetable entirely wasn't allowed. Amazing how fast you learn to tolerate a variety of foods when you just don't get the choice.
     
  10. Jan 29, 2012 #9

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    Ooooh, mainstream news is so much more respectable.

     
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  12. Jan 29, 2012 #11

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    LOL! That's why I put it in quotes, but Dave wanted to see it coming from another source to even consider the claim.

    Personally, I think she had to be eating something else in all this time...perhaps juices as beverages? Or maybe Mom was sneaking vitamins into her nuggets? Maybe ketchup is more of a vegetable than I give it credit for? If not, I think she'd have wound up hospitalized with a severe nutrient deficiency much sooner.

    What's interesting is looking at the comments on the site from readers. They seemed to expect she'd be fat. If she didn't consume excess calories, she wouldn't be fat. I'm more surprised she's not thinner, or bow-legged from ricketts.
     
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  13. Jan 29, 2012 #12

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    It's a respectable tabloid paper - i.e. they don't just make stuff up to sell copies. Their op-ed pieces are pretty far to the right of the UK political spectrum.

    It's gone down hill quite a bit since the 1960s, when one of their columnists Bernard Levin was described by the London Times newpaper as "the most famous jouralist of his day". FWIW Levin was a major influence in Arianna Stassinopoulos (now Huffington)'s early career.

    But "Daily Mail Reader" is UK shorthand for somebody, probably not very well educated, who thinks the country is going to the dogs, and would probably like to see hanging and flogging reintroduced to fix that.
     
  14. Jan 29, 2012 #13

    Ivan Seeking

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    Not even a nugget of truth?
     
  15. Jan 29, 2012 #14

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    No kidding. It drives me nuts when I see kids running the show.

    Then I remember the program that my cats have going...
     
  16. Jan 30, 2012 #15

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    I've seen the story here in Australian newsites.

    It reminds me somewhat of Supersize Me and considering what the doctors were telling the guy after not even a months time (i.e. you could die), then I hate to think the condition that the girl is in if she has done this for years if the story is true.
     
  17. Jan 30, 2012 #16
    It says she ate "Nothing" but chicken nuggets in the title and then "little else" but chicken nuggets and chips. Sounds kind of ambiguous. The daily mail is famous for saying everything gives you cancer. Not literally everything, just lots of things....
     
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  18. Jan 30, 2012 #17
    The star of the show is definitely her mother. She deserves a Nobel for stupidity
     
  19. Jan 30, 2012 #18

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    She isn't the best mother, but one thing I have noticed is that nowadays there seems to be some kind of taboo with 'disciplining' children.

    You should see the regulations, rules and protocols that surround working with children nowadays in comparison to even 50 years ago. It has become an absolute legal nightmare for some people, and as a result the children can do things and the situation unfortunately is that the people working with children can not discipline them.

    Some of this even carries over to high school and can apply to people as high as 17 or 18.

    I see it as the era that ended the ability for parent to actually do their job, not because they can't (or don't want to), but because of the environment and context that children are growing up in.

    Sadly I also see in many circumstances the decline of personal responsibility as well.
     
  20. Jan 30, 2012 #19
    The problem is often the transition from abusive parenting traditions. In Florida one county decided child abuse is illegal, so they'd send the cops the next time someone complained. When people realized they weren't just sending social workers anymore, the calls increased so much they had to double the police force and quadruple the social workers. There is also a new nationwide volunteer program in the US run by survivors of child abuse, but in countries like Sweden they've outlawed striking or hitting a child altogether and even shaming them in public.

    Parents may want to stop abusing their children, but usually don't have a clue how to raise them without hitting and yelling at them. Social workers and volunteers can help, but bottom line its something that can take a few generations for families to figure out and start passing on to the subsequent generations. The situation is also very similar to what occurred with battered women in the US. We had a national humane society for abused animals before the first shelter for battered women opened. The subject is taboo and the idea of the state or anyone else interfering is taboo so instead you get endless lawsuits and new laws dealing with the problem in an ad hoc manner.
     
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  21. Jan 30, 2012 #20

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    If the story is completely true, this started when the girl was two! While I might have sympathy that it's difficult to do much about a teen on a self-destructive path, I have no sympathy when it comes to having common sense about a two-year old. Even if one desperate day an outing of some sort or another runs long and yoy've run out of packed snacks and let a two year old have a chicken nugget or two to hold them over until you get home for a proper dinner, the parent has complete control of food choices at that age. Why do you keep buying chicken nuggets? This should have been ended on day 2 of this diet.
     
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