Our expert says:
How appalling. The poor child needs help ASAP, but the problem is that his parents need to instigate treatment for him. You, as his aunt or uncle cannot really take him for assessments or therapy. Talk to his mother and see if you cannot persuade her to take him to a physician. If she refuses you may be able to obtain assistance from your local social worker. I don't know where you live, but if you are in one of the larger centres you could also phone your local teaching hospital (e.g. the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, or the Johannesburg General and ask to speak to the human nutrition department where you can find out what steps can be taken.
I am holding thumbs for all of you because this poor child is in urgent need of assistance before his gross obesity (he already weighs more than an adult man) makes him seriously ill.
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