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Woman under fire for refusing to give stepdaughter birthday cake as 'she needs to lose weight'

Callum Jones

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Woman under fire for refusing to give stepdaughter birthday cake as 'she needs to lose weight'

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A woman has come under massive fire online as she refused to buy her stepdaughter a birthday cake because she thinks she needs to lose weight.

The unnamed 34-year-old explained how stepdaughter Gwen has just turned six, and like most of us, wanted a cake for her birthday.

The woman explained how her husband and two sons are quite a healthy and active household, with the odd treat here and there.

But Gwen primarily lives with her biological mum, and the woman claims that she has the complete opposite mindset.

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Gwen was not getting a cake for her birthday. Credit: Cultura Creative RF / Alamy Stock Photo
Gwen was not getting a cake for her birthday. Credit: Cultura Creative RF / Alamy Stock Photo

Taking to the Am I the A*****e Reddit forum, the woman wrote: "Gwen is only here two weekends a month, and 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 5 year old girl is supposed to be."

She continued: "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."

The woman explained how, when Gwen is with them at least, she will often go for a healthier snack.

Well, Gwen's birthday ended up falling on a weekend Gwen was with her dad and stepmom.

Gwen apparently asked about a cake, but the woman once again asked her what the healthier option in this situation would be.

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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," the woman said.

"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."

But the next day was a different as Gwen returned home to her mum - the woman continued: "Her mom called us furious, she said 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'.

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Gwen was apparently in tears when she got home. Credit: Ron Bull / Alamy Stock Photo
Gwen was apparently in tears when she got home. Credit: Ron Bull / Alamy Stock Photo

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

Many people took to the comment section of the post, with the vast majority thinking the woman is in the wrong.

"She's FIVE YEARS OLD, and it was her birthday," one Reddit user wrote.

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"Pushing her will likely result in an unhealthy relationship not only with food, but with you too."

A second added: "You really need to do research on how to properly teach children about health, fitness, etc. because the way you’re doing it will only lead to body image issues and an eating disorder.

However, one user believes the woman is not in the wrong: "Good for you trying to raise healthy kids with good habits in this obese society," they said.

Topics: Parenting, Food and Drink, Cake

Callum Jones
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