A coworker is taking a week off to be with her 6-year-old daughter 24-7 while the little girl fasts for six days—not a total fast, but a diet of fruit, nuts, and water, part of a tradition observed, I’m told, in her native India. The mother is a kind, lovely lady and has been forthright with our bosses about why she needs time off. I know she loves her child but fear that this diet is a form of abuse. Do I report it, or do I respect their tradition?
Anonymous, New Jersey
Obviously, intervention on your part depends on whether your colleague’s little girl is fat.