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Table 2 Perceived causes of obesity and demographic correlates

From: The stigma of obesity in the general public and its implications for public health - a systematic review

Cause Hilbert et al. [2, 26, 27] Seo et al. [24] Oliver & Lee [23]1 Taylor et al. [25] Barry et al. [22]
Lack of activity behavior 82.4
Low income ↓
Higher age ↑
- - 75
Female gender ↑
-
Overeating 72.8 72.5
Some college ↑
- - -
Genetics 34.9 - 29 32
Blacks/Hispanics ↑
-
Lack of activity environment 23.6 - - - -
Bad food environment 53.8
Female gender ↑
- 62 50
Female gender ↑
23.92
Lack of willpower - - 65 59 -
  1. Agreement rates in %; sociodemographic factors are listed, arrows indicate higher (↑) or lower (↓) agreement with the corresponding cause; 1 2 items each result in the differentiation of genetic, environmental and internal factors; for reasons of comparability single item results are reported; 2 toxic food environment.