Is Childhood Obesity Neglect?

Earlier this summer I wrote a post called "Systems Overload: Foster Care Not the Solution for the Obesity Epidemic." I have reposted it below because of the recent case in the news of a nine-year old that was placed in foster care where obesity was a primary reason in the judge's decision. To shed some more light on the subject I wanted to share a paper entitled, "Childhood Obesity and Medical Neglect," that was published in Pediatrics in 2009. I think Todd Varness et al, provide an excellent overview and reasonable criteria for the removal of an extremely obese and sick child from the home. I think it is important to remember too, as we hear about these cases, that physicians rarely advocate for the removal (and usually only temporarily) of a child due to obesity and that these are extreme and very rare situations.

Find the article in Pediatrics.