No subject is more off limits to debate in contemporary America than the effects of women’s work on children. With her important essay, “Home-Alone America,” Mary Eberstadt reopened this issue–or at any rate, made a valiant effort to do so. “Home Alone America” was featured in Bernard Goldberg’s best-selling book, Bias, as the centerpiece of the chapter called, “The Most Important Story You Never Heard On TV.” So I guess Eberstadt’s effort to kick start the debate over latchkey children has both succeeded and failed. Now Eberstadt has put out another stunning article on the relationship between women’s work and the fate of children. “The Child-Fat Problem,” featured in the brand new issue of Policy Review, argues that the rising tide of child obesity can be linked to the phenomenon of women working outside the home.