To improve health, we must interrogate what makes society tick


What do American mass shootings and obesity have in common? Not much, at first glance. But, dig a little deeper, and you’ll see some interesting connections.

As a recent editorial in JAMA* pointed out, gun violence in the US may not be strictly a disease, but a public health approach is relevant as it is concerned with reducing harm and prolonging life.

There has also been discussion about whether obesity is really a disease. It certainly is not in the classical