Step-mum slammed for fat shaming her ‘unhealthy’ six-year-old step-daughter over a birthday cake | The Sun

A STEP-MOTHER was slammed for suggesting her six-year-old step-daughter make a "healthier choice" than a birthday cake.

The woman, 34, said that she and her husband Dirk, 40, have an active house with their two boys 10 and 8.

She explained that her step-daughter Gwen, stays with them for two weekends a month.

Taking to Reddit, the step-mum said: "Her mother has the exact opposite attitude. In all honesty that woman's blood type is probably ketchup.

"Similarly, Gwen is about 20lb heavier than a five-year-old girl is supposed to be.

"It makes me sad for this child and her health so when we get her I try to teach Gwen about healthy eating and moving around.

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"We have the boys play with her so she's getting active, and we make a distinction between foods that are healthy and ones that aren't.

"When I see one of the kids reaching for a 'treat' food in the pantry I'll ask 'would you like to make a healthier choice'?

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"And Gwen is really getting it, she's always going for better choices now and is also asking for fruit at home which is really good.

"Gwen's birthday ended up falling on one of her weekends with us, and while we were talking about what kind of cake to have, I asked Gwen about the healthier choice.

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"My reasoning is unfortunately she's still getting all that garbage at home, and it's just not good for a growing girl.

"She agreed and we decided to have some low fat ice cream so she can still have a sweet treat.

"It's a brand Gwen loves and asks for every time she's here, so she was happy with it.

"Until the next day after she went back to mom. Her mom called us furious, she said then when Gwen got home and she asked about her birthday with us and her cake, Gwen started crying because she really did want cake but didn't want to 'make a bad choice'.

"She accused me of fat shaming her and her daughter and that I owe her a cake and a big apology.

"I'm just looking out for the health of a child in my care, but I never said Gwen couldn't have cake and she could have had one if she said she wanted one.

"I suggested sticking to ice cream because I care."

Fellow Redditor were quick to comment on the situation.

One person said: "I hope mother takes full custody. You are garbage of a human.

"What the hell is wrong with you? That little girl now has food issues and future eating disorder because of you."

Another said: "You fat shaming mean spirited holier than thou witch. SHE IS FIVE YEARS OLD.

"She's already afraid of saying the wrong thing to you. All you've achieved here is driving a wedge between your step-daughter and her father and taught a child to be scared of you, lie to you, and feel bad about herself."

A third said: "The mom probably asked her why she didn't have a cake and that made the girl cry. It really isn't that hard to believe.

"The little girl is suppressing her own thoughts and feelings around her stepmom because she doesn't feel safe sharing them. Stepmom's actions are totally inappropriate."

But not everyone disagreed with the step-mother's actions.

One said: "You're doing a good thing by trying to promote healthier eating and active lifestyle.

"How is allowing a young child who is already overweight to eat whatever better for said child in the long run than what you perceive as 'fat shaming'?

"Being overweight has it's consequences and no amount of denial from the body positivity crowd will change that."

Another said: "People dont realize what a big deal it is to be overweight.

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"Despite the social implications, it takes years off your health.

"Considering she's already 20 pounds overweight, she needs to start making healthier choices."

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