Neglect: Failure to Thrive and Obesity

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Medical providers need to monitor growth at every visit. Weight status is influenced by genetics, medical conditions, socioeconomic status, and family environment. Screening for food security and psychosocial risk factors is an integral tool to identify families at risk for nutritional deficits and child maltreatment. Nutritional rehabilitation is best accomplished in an outpatient, multidisciplinary setting. Medical neglect should be considered in failure to thrive and obesity when there is a serious risk of harm from identified medical complications, additional or worsening medical complications occurring despite a multidisciplinary approach, and/or non-adherence with the treatment plan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)937-957
Number of pages21
JournalPediatric clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

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  • Failure to thrive
  • Medical neglect
  • Neglect
  • Obesity
  • Pediatrics


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