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Is Obesity Child Abuse?

(CNN)--Is allowing your child to become obese a form of child abuse?

A controversial article by a group of Harvard University researchers suggests yes.

The scientists suggest that removing children from a home could be justifiable if there is proof that the parents repeatedly refused to address the children's health problems, including severe obesity.

The commentary appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Critics of the article say the researchers' theory is well-intentioned, but misguided.

They say the obesity epidemic is a societal issue and blame should not be placed solely on parents.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 17 percent of children in the United States are considered obese.

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