Deterministic?: Newspaper Representations of Obesity and Genetics
T. Caulfield*, V. Alfonso, J. Shelley
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2009
First Page: 38
Last Page: 40
Publisher Id: TOOBESJ-1-38
Article History:Received Date: 22/04/2009
Revision Received Date: 16/06/2009
Acceptance Date: 16/06/2009
Electronic publication date: 28/7/2009
Collection year: 2009
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Media coverage of the role of genetics in obesity causation may influence health behaviours as well as public support for obesity prevention policies. This study examined the five highest circulating daily newspapers for articles addressing genetics and obesity between January 1, 1990 and June 14, 2007. Of 776 articles found, 109 were reviewed. Results indicate a shift away from a deterministic view of obesity towards a personal responsibility perspective over time. These findings may have implications for public policy.