I'm still sitting pretty much on the fence with this one!
But I also think its important to delve beneath the surface with this one!
Like Liz said about it being generational, I think that certain types of abuse is generational too...for instance physical and emotional! I'm not excusing the fact that perhaps wrong was committed but I think that for some parents perhaps food is used as a means of showing a child love
Ok before I get attacked I will explain! If a parent who themselves was a victim of child abuse and who used food as a self-comforting measure, I wonder that because that parent has learned an alternative method of showing love or affection in a healthy way so tries to show it in the only way they know how too...through food!
Erm.....This could be argued that a parent shows love through corporal punishment or physical abuse and yet that is still abuse!
I just think that its difficult to point fingers as such on this subject matter! I can see from both angles the arguments and agree to some extent with both! I just think abuse is far too strong a word for this particular issue! Perhaps negligence on the parents part but abuse???
Not soo sure!