Energy balance-related behaviors

Section edited by Richard Rosenkranz, Dianne Stanton Ward, Amanda Daley, Carol Maher, Marc Adams, Janice Thompson

This section aims to publish studies looking at the health behaviors which may positively or negatively influence the energy balance (physical activity, sedentary behavior, diet/nutrition) and which may be related to weight-status, -gain and -control.

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  1. Study protocol

    The Objective Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Disease Health in Older Women (OPACH) Study

    Limited evidence exists to inform physical activity (PA) and sedentary behavior guidelines for older people, especially women. Rigorous evidence on the amounts, intensities, and movement patterns associated wi...

    Andrea Z. LaCroix, Eileen Rillamas-Sun, David Buchner, Kelly R. Evenson, Chongzhi Di, I-Min Lee, Steve Marshall, Michael J. LaMonte, Julie Hunt, Lesley Fels Tinker, Marcia Stefanick, Cora E. Lewis, John Bellettiere and Amy H. Herring

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:192

    Published on: 14 February 2017

  2. Research article

    Children’s sugar-sweetened beverages consumption: associations with family and home-related factors, differences within ethnic groups explored

    The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) may contribute to the development of overweight among children. The present study aimed to evaluate associations between family and home-related factors and c...

    V. M. van de Gaar, A. van Grieken, W. Jansen and H. Raat

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:195

    Published on: 14 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Impact of weight maintenance and loss on diabetes risk and burden: a population-based study in 33,184 participants

    Weight loss in individuals at high risk of diabetes is an effective prevention method and a major component of the currently prevailing diabetes prevention strategies. The aim of the present study was to inves...

    Adina L. Feldman, Simon J. Griffin, Amy L. Ahern, Grainne H. Long, Lars Weinehall, Eva Fhärm, Margareta Norberg and Patrik Wennberg

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:170

    Published on: 6 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Recruitment strategies in a prospective longitudinal family study on parents with obesity and their toddlers

    Recruitment of participants with obesity is a real challenge. To reduce time and costs in similar projects, we investigated various recruiting strategies used in a longitudinal family study with respect to the...

    Sarah Bergmann, Anja Keitel-Korndörfer, Katharina Herfurth-Majstorovic, Verena Wendt, Annette M. Klein, Kai von Klitzing and Matthias Grube

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:145

    Published on: 1 February 2017

  5. Research article

    Prevalence and geographic variation of abdominal obesity in 7- and 9-year-old children in Greece; World Health Organization Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative 2010

    In children, abdominal obesity is a better predictor of the presence of cardiovascular risk factors than body mass index (BMI)-defined obesity. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence of abdominal obesity in the G...

    Maria Hassapidou, Themistoklis Tzotzas, Evangelia Makri, Ioannis Pagkalos, Ioannis Kaklamanos, Efthymios Kapantais, Annet Abrahamian, Antonis Polymeris and Konstantinos Tziomalos

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:126

    Published on: 28 January 2017

  6. Research article

    Snacks, beverages, and physical activity during volunteer-led out-of-school-time programs: a cross-sectional analysis

    Tens of millions of children regularly participate in out-of-school-time (OST) programs, providing an opportunity for child health promotion. Most research on OST has focused on structured, staff-led after-sch...

    Christina D. Economos, Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, Alyssa H. Koomas, Grace Chan, Sara C. Folta, Julianne Heck, Molly Newman and Jennifer M. Sacheck

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:125

    Published on: 27 January 2017

  7. Research article

    Family meals with young children: an online study of family mealtime characteristics, among Australian families with children aged six months to six years

    Evidence suggests that family meals influence food intakes and behaviours, which in turn impact children’s eating habits, diets and health. Mealtimes therefore offer potential as settings for health promotion....

    Eloise-kate V. Litterbach, Karen J. Campbell and Alison C. Spence

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:111

    Published on: 24 January 2017

  8. Study protocol

    OPREVENT2: Design of a multi-institutional intervention for obesity control and prevention for American Indian adults

    Obesity and other nutrition-related chronic disease rates are high in American Indian (AI) populations, and an urgent need exists to identify evidence-based strategies for prevention and treatment. Multi-level...

    Joel Gittelsohn, Brittany Jock, Leslie Redmond, Sheila Fleischhacker, Thomas Eckmann, Sara N. Bleich, Hong Loh, Elizabeth Ogburn, Preety Gadhoke, Jacqueline Swartz, Marla Pardilla and Benjamin Caballero

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:105

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  9. Research article

    Reducing sedentary time in adults at risk of type 2 diabetes: process evaluation of the STAND (Sedentary Time ANd Diabetes) RCT

    Reducing sedentary behaviour may have important health implications. This study evaluated the potential enablers and barriers for outcomes of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) designed to evaluate a pragmati...

    Stuart J. H. Biddle, Charlotte L. Edwardson, Trish Gorely, Emma G. Wilmot, Thomas Yates, Myra A. Nimmo, Kamlesh Khunti and Melanie J. Davies

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:80

    Published on: 14 January 2017

  10. Research article

    Socioeconomic inequality of overweight and obesity of the elderly in Iran: Bushehr Elderly Health (BEH) Program

    The objective of this population-based, large sample size study was to investigate the socioeconomic inequality of overweight and obesity among the elderly in Iran.

    Alireza Raeisi, Mohammadbagher Mehboudi, Hossein Darabi, Iraj Nabipour, Bagher Larijani, Neda Mehrdad, Ramin Heshmat, Gita Shafiee, Farshad Sharifi and Afshin Ostovar

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:72

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  11. Research article

    Nutritional status among primary school children in rural Sri Lanka; a public health challenge for a country with high child health standards

    Nutritional status of pre adolescent children is not widely studied in Sri Lanka. The purpose of this study was to determine the nutritional status among pre-adolescent school children in a rural province of S...

    N. P. G. C. R. Naotunna, M. Dayarathna, H. Maheshi, G. S. Amarasinghe, V. S. Kithmini, M. Rathnayaka, L. Premachandra, N. Premarathna, P. C. Rajasinghe, G. Wijewardana, T. C. Agampodi and S. B. Agampodi

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:57

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  12. Research article

    Lifestyle behaviours associated with 5-year weight gain in a prospective cohort of Australian adults aged 26-36 years at baseline

    Whether not meeting common guidelines for lifestyle behaviours is associated with weight gain is uncertain. This study examined whether 5-year weight gain was predicted by not meeting guidelines for: breakfast...

    Kylie J. Smith, Seana L. Gall, Sarah A. McNaughton, Verity J. Cleland, Petr Otahal, Terence Dwyer and Alison J. Venn

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:54

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  13. Research article

    Short- and long-term effectiveness of a three-month individualized need-supportive physical activity counseling intervention at the workplace

    The objective of the present study was to evaluate the short- and long-term intervention and mediation effects of a 3-month individualized need-supportive physical activity (PA) counseling intervention on empl...

    Anass Arrogi, Astrid Schotte, An Bogaerts, Filip Boen and Jan Seghers

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:52

    Published on: 9 January 2017

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