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(p. 273) Public Attitudes about Addiction as a Cause of Obesity 

(p. 273) Public Attitudes about Addiction as a Cause of Obesity
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(p. 273) Public Attitudes about Addiction as a Cause of Obesity
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Colleen L. Barry

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199738168.003.0041
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date: 17 November 2019

This chapter examines public attitudes about food addiction as a cause of obesity. It is vital to understand beliefs about this issue since public opinion can greatly affect policymaker views about the appropriateness and feasibility of enacting public policies aimed at solving the problem of obesity. Research suggests that individuals who attributed obesity primarily to bad personal choices were significantly less likely to support government obesity prevention policies than those who recognized factors external to the individual (e.g., societal, economic) as important contributors.

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