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Democrats are more likely than Republicans or Independents to blame genetics for obesity – including their own.

Haider-Markel, Don and Joslyn, Mark (2017) Democrats are more likely than Republicans or Independents to blame genetics for obesity – including their own. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (12 Apr 2017). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

More than 70 percent of American adults are overweight, with over a third in the obese category, but the public in general does not support a greater role for government in tackling this problem. In new research, Don Haider-Markel and Mark Joslyn look at whether or not Americans think that obesity is caused by biology or a result of individual choice. Although they find that 86 percent believe it is due to lifestyle habits, there is also a political component: 15 percent of Democrats favor genetics as the cause of obesity compared to 10 percent of Republicans. These attributions also have policy implications: those who felt that obesity is down to genetics were more likely to resist discriminatory hiring practices based on weight.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s) CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 14:31
Last Modified: 27 May 2019 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/75990

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