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Restrictive Diet Control as a Means of Child Abuse. Pediatr Emerg Care 2018 Mar;34(3):e57-e59

Date

03/06/2016

Pubmed ID

26945192

DOI

10.1097/PEC.0000000000000695

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-84960156253

Abstract

We have recently encountered a series of cases where an obese caretaker is juxtaposed to a severely starved, malnourished dependent. The cases described all share a common characteristic: that the primary perpetrator was an obese caretaker who tried to exert absolute control over their victim's daily life in a way that included either a severe restriction or complete denial of food. Because the pathophysiology of both child abuse and obesity are incredibly complex and multifactorial, these cases are presented to encourage further discussion and more rigorous investigation into the validity of a hypothesis that has been derived from this set of cases: that the obesity of a child's caretaker may be an additional risk factor for child maltreatment by starvation.

Author List

Kudek MR, Luyet F, Herringa RJ, Knox BL

Author

Matthew Kudek MD Assistant Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adolescent
Adult
Caregivers
Child Abuse
Child, Preschool
Female
Humans
Male
Obesity
Risk Factors
Starvation