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[–] Natanya 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Spankings are the least of the issue here. I was spanked, don't oppose it, and I can still tell there are WAY more effective things than something so temporary. These parents should have done something that actually affected it, when it was much younger than now.

[–] Canada_is_gay 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

It's all a process, and unfortunately these parents are learning you can't begin it in adolescence. I agree spanking isn't necessarily the best punishment, especially as children get older. But it's quite effective for younger children when learning is most effective in the immediate aftermath; quick and temporary punishment is better then. A young child who gets spanked when they misbehave is more likely to accept and learn from other punishments such as grounding, extra chores or etc when they're older because they've learned they're not in charge from the get go.

It's basically a given none of that ever happened with this kid, and his life is probably forfeit already. If his fat doesn't kill him until his fat kills he will never be a functioning member of society because he will act like the world revolves around him (though he probably will always be big enough for it to).

The best thing the parents could've done is told the kid, "You're not going to do anything? Fine, then sit there all summer and do nothing and have nothing. And when you get home you can expect nothing but more 'terrible overly healthy' meals and absolutely no means of entertainment here either. Your life is going to be truly miserable until your fat ass both loses weight and learns respect."

It sounds like none of that is happening, so we as a society will be left with the burden of another worthless self-centered fatty.

[–] RageAgainstTheAmish 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Have you ever been put to bed without dinner before the age of 10? That'll teach you something real quick about not biting the hand that feeds you.

[–] theepilepticferret 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

My kid is only 2.5 and he already knows that he eats what he's given or he doesn't eat until the next meal, even if that next meal isn't until breakfast the next morning. We generally don't give him snacks between meals, either. I will never understand these parents that fill their kids up on sugar during the day, and then cook 2 meals at night because the kid refuses to anything that isn't classic "kid cuisine" (mac 'n' cheese, hot dogs, fish sticks, etc.)