Video has emerged showing a mother hand feeding her 13-year-old son while he participates in a 48-hour marathon gaming session as a local internet café. The boy refused to leave his screen to have a meal, leading his 37-year-old mother, Lilybeth Marvel, to shove food in front of his face while the game-addicted teen was playing.
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Marvel said, according to a report by the Daily Mail, that she initially became concerned about her son, Carlito Garcia, and his gaming habit after he started staying late at an internet café located in Nueva Ecija in the Philippines.
The video shows Marvel trying to coax her son to eat by taking handfuls of food and pushing it in front of his face, all while her Garcia barely looks away from the screen.
Her son is obviously agitated as Marvel tries to feed him breakfast and rarely bothers to even take his hands away from the keyboard.
In the clip, Marvel says, “My poor child… Here, eat now.”
“You have so much money; it might take till tomorrow for you to get home. Are you still needing to pee? My goodness, just feel sorry for my child. You are so irritating.”
Marvel seems legitimately concerned about her son, worrying that he may not eat until the day after the gaming session.
She goes on to ask if Garcia wants to take his vitamins, which were sent over by his grandmother who feared he was becoming malnourished.
The teen has skipped school in order to game, sitting alone “like a zombie” while perched in front of the screen playing “Rules of Survival,” his favorite battle royale-style video game.
Marvel and her husband, who is also named Carlito, have removed her son from school and tried to deal with his addiction.
“I used to just nag about his online games. But that didn’t work,” said Marvel. “So I’m trying a different approach.”
“I try to make him feel that whatever is happening in his life, I am his mother who loves him and takes care of him.”
Marvel has tried to bar her son from going to the internet café but says he manages to sneak out to game.
“My husband and I decided that he should stop schooling first because of his addiction,” Marvel added. “Now we’re trying our best to manage the situation, but it is still difficult.”