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. Research article

    Association of physical activity on body composition, cardiometabolic risk factors, and prevalence of cardiovascular disease in the Korean population (from the fifth Korea national health and nutrition examination survey, 2008–2011)

    Data regarding associations among physical activity (PA) level, body composition, and prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in Asian populations are rare.

    Gwang-Sil Kim, Eui Im and Ji-Hyuck Rhee

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:275

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  2. Research article

    Skipping breakfast is detrimental for primary school children: cross-sectional analysis of determinants for targeted prevention

    Skipping breakfast was found to be associated with abdominal obesity in primary school children. The aim of this research was to examine factors associated with skipping breakfast in primary school children in...

    Dorothea Kesztyüs, Meike Traub, Romy Lauer, Tibor Kesztyüs and Jürgen Michael Steinacker

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:258

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  3. Research article

    Sustainability via Active Garden Education (SAGE): results from two feasibility pilot studies

    Low physical activity (PA) and fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption in early childhood are continued public health challenges. This manuscript describes outcomes from two pilot studies for Sustainability via ...

    Rebecca E. Lee, Nathan H. Parker, Erica G. Soltero, Tracey A. Ledoux, Scherezade K. Mama and Lorna McNeill

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:242

    Published on: 10 March 2017

  4. Research article

    An analysis of the effects of a campaign supporting use of a health symbol on food sales and shopping behaviour of consumers

    Since 2009, the green Keyhole symbol has been a joint Nordic initiative for signalling healthfulness of specific food products. In 2014, the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries carried out a cam...

    Trine Mørk, Klaus G. Grunert, Morten Fenger, Hans Jørn Juhl and George Tsalis

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:239

    Published on: 9 March 2017

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Research article

    Depicted serving size: cereal packaging pictures exaggerate serving sizes and promote overserving

    Extensive work has focused on the effects of nutrition label information on consumer behavior on the one hand, and on the effects of packaging graphics on the other hand. However, little work has examined how ...

    Aner Tal, Stina Niemann and Brian Wansink

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:169

    Published on: 6 February 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:268

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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