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Causal Attributions About Weight Among Members of Three Online Weight Loss Communities

Poster Session VIII - Board: VIII-008
Sunday, May 24, 2009, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Susan J. Persky
National Human Genome Research Institute

Saskia C. Sanderson
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Laura M. Koehly
National Human Genome Research Institute

Genetic causal information about body weight is sometimes feared to trigger beliefs of diminished personal control by reducing behavioral causal attributions. We analyzed online weight loss message boards for endorsement of these causal mechanisms. Individuals more often endorsed genetics and behavioral mechanisms together than genetics alone indicating complex attribution patterns.

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