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This Month in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Nov 2011

This Month in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(11):971-972. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.199

WhitakerArticle argues that the childhood obesity epidemic is a symptom of our way of living, and reversing the epidemic may require that we apply a new approach to improving child health. Societal changes to enhance human well-being may address not only obesity but other socially determined health conditions as well.

Wilson and PuckettArticle argue that child welfare reform should be driven less by moral outrage at egregious examples of child abuse and more by an epidemiological perspective on abuse. Offering voluntary services to high-risk families as early as possible will likely do more good than well-meaning initiatives aimed at reducing child abuse deaths.