When does severe childhood obesity become a child protection issue?

  title={When does severe childhood obesity become a child protection issue?},
  author={Shirley M Alexander and Louise A. Baur and Roger Magnusson and Bernadette Tobin},
  journal={The Medical journal of Australia},
  volume={190 3},
Severe childhood obesity and its associated comorbidities are increasing in prevalence. Extreme childhood obesity may be viewed as a mirror image of severe non-organic failure to thrive. Parental neglect may be a causative factor in both circumstances. When suspicion of parental neglect arises, health care professionals may have both an ethical obligation and a statutory duty to notify child protection services. Guidelines on the point at which medical practitioners should seek state assistance… CONTINUE READING

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