We have here, the story of an 8 year old child who can only be described as morbidly obese. The family's excuse is that he has a "dietary intolerance to fruit or vegetables". One has to wonder, is it all fruit and vegetables? How can that be? Even starchy vegetables, such as the potato? I would be willing to bet that this boy can probably eat vegetables if they are deep fried and served with nice lashings of salt and tomato sauce. Or some vegetables sliced up and served on pizza's under a thick layer of melted cheese. But 89kg's? At first I thought maybe he has a genetic condition. But then I saw the "dietary intolerance to fruit and vegetables" and I thought hmmmm.. I attempted to put his weight into perspective by comparing myself to this child. I am one week being 8 months pregnant and this child still weighs a hell of a lot more than I do. And that's scary because at the moment I am huge and I am probably a lot taller than he is. Now the State has attempted to help this child in the past, but the mother and grandmother have just fobbed it all off. One would think that a parent would want to help their child. So why would they miss the appointments that could end up saving their child? The situation appears to have gotten so drastic that they could end up classifying the mother as some form of child abuser in what appears to be a first in the UK. Will this help though? He could also be taken into care if the family still refuse to actively help this child. I have to wonder, at what point did the family just stop noticing? Could the mother not see that her child was not just chubby but becoming morbidly obese? Even if this child has an intolerance to fruit and vegetables, is it all fruit and vegetables? As I said before, I would be willing to bet that he simply does not like eating anything that is not deep fried so the family just let him have what he wants.. what my husband refers to as the 'little king syndrome'.. where the parents just pander to their child's every whim. Our child tries to be the 'little king' but it simply does not work with us. Some parents however will do anything to make their child happy, even if it means that the child could suffer serious health risks or possibly worse later on. This family has taken the whole notion of the occasional treat and have made it into a daily routine. Now the mother's reaction to this? Hmmmm.. Does she not realise that her child could actually die or suffer life long diseases such as diabetes because of his obesity? I think the best thing might be to take him into care, because what has happened to him up to this point could be classified as parental neglect.