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Eleanor Noss Whitney + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337392693
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15th Edition
Eleanor Noss Whitney + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337392693

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Chapter 16, Problem 1BCTQ
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Child abuse is defined as either action or neglect that damages a child or puts the child at risk of injury. If found guilty of child abuse, parents can lose their parental rights and face criminal charges. Recently, the mother of a 14-year-old was arrested and charged with criminal neglect because her son weighed more than 500 pounds. Is severe childhood obesity a life-threatening form of abuse that justifies removing a child from his or her parents?

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To determine: Whether severe childhood obesity is a life-threatening form of abuse that justifies removing a child from his or her parents.

Concept introduction: Obesity is referred as excess body fat, and body mass index (BMI) is an index to measure it. Childhood obesity is a serious health challenge. It may pose as a risk factor for comorbid conditions. BMI percentile is used to measure obesity in children and young people. It takes into account that children and young people are growing at different rates based on their age and sex.

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Childhood obesity is a public health issue. It occurs when a child is above its normal weight as per his age and height. The causes may be genetics and behavior or lifestyle. The obesity in children can be serious as it would continue to also occur during adulthood. There is a risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which are the factors that lead to cardiovascular diseases. There are other conditions such as type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, fatty liver disease, and musculoskeletal discomfort. Another factor is psychological issues with children. They include anxiety and low self-esteem, which may lead to depression...

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