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When does severe childhood obesity become a child protection issue?

Shirley M Alexander, Louise A Baur, Roger Magnusson and Bernadette Tobin
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (3): 136-139.
  • Shirley M Alexander1
  • Louise A Baur1,2
  • Roger Magnusson2
  • Bernadette Tobin3

  • 1 The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Plunkett Centre for Ethics, St Vincent’s and Mater Health Sydney, and Australian Catholic University, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: shirleya@chw.edu.au

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