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.