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

    The traditional lunch pattern is inversely correlated with body mass index in a population-based study in Brazil

    The association of obesity and dietary patterns has been well documented in scientific literature; however, information on the impact of meal patterns on obesity is scarce. The objective of this study was to i...

    Roberta de Oliveira Santos, Diva Aliete dos Santos Vieira, Andreia Alexandra Machado Miranda, Regina Mara Fisberg, Dirce Maria Marchioni and Valéria Troncoso Baltar

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:33

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  2. Research article

    Association between full service and fast food restaurant density, dietary intake and overweight/obesity among adults in Delhi, India

    The food environment has been implicated as an underlying contributor to the global obesity epidemic. However, few studies have evaluated the relationship between the food environment, dietary intake, and over...

    Opal Patel, Safraj Shahulhameed, Roopa Shivashankar, Mohammad Tayyab, Atiqur Rahman, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Nikhil Tandon and Lindsay M. Jaacks

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:36

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  3. Study protocol

    Active children through individual vouchers – evaluation (ACTIVE): protocol for a mixed method randomised control trial to increase physical activity levels in teenagers

    Many teenagers are insufficiently active despite the health benefits of physical activity (PA). There is strong evidence to show that inactivity and low fitness levels increase the risk of non-communicable dis...

    Michaela James, Danielle Christian, Samantha Scott, Charlotte Todd, Gareth Stratton, Sarah McCoubrey, Julian Halcox, Suzanne Audrey, Elizabeth Ellins and Sinead Brophy

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:7

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  4. Study protocol

    Increasing students’ physical activity during school physical education: rationale and protocol for the SELF-FIT cluster randomized controlled trial

    The Self-determined Exercise and Learning For FITness (SELF-FIT) is a multi-component school-based intervention based on tenets of self-determination theory. SELF-FIT aims to increase students’ moderate-to-vig...

    Amy S. Ha, Chris Lonsdale, David R. Lubans and Johan Y. Y. Ng

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:11

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  5. Study protocol

    Design and methods for a cluster-controlled trial conducted at sixty-eight daycare facilities evaluating the impact of “JolinchenKids – Fit and Healthy in Daycare”, a program for health promotion in 3- to 6-year-old children

    The prevention of overweight and obesity during infancy is a highly relevant public health topic given the significant impact of childhood obesity on acute and chronic diseases, general health, and well-being ...

    Berit Steenbock, Hajo Zeeb, Stefan Rach, Hermann Pohlabeln and Claudia R. Pischke

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:6

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  6. Research article

    Household food insecurity and dietary patterns in rural and urban American Indian families with young children

    High food insecurity has been demonstrated in rural American Indian households, but little is known about American Indian families in urban settings or the association of food insecurity with diet for these fa...

    Emily J. Tomayko, Kathryn L. Mosso, Kate A. Cronin, Lakeesha Carmichael, KyungMann Kim, Tassy Parker, Amy L. Yaroch and Alexandra K. Adams

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:611

    Published on: 30 June 2017

  7. Research article

    Descriptive analysis of preschool physical activity and sedentary behaviors – a cross sectional study of 3-year-olds nested in the SKOT cohort

    Further collection of surveillance data is warranted, particularly in preschool populations, for optimizing future public health promotion strategies. This study aims to describe physical activity (PA) and sed...

    Niels Christian Møller, Line B. Christensen, Christian Mølgaard, Katrine T. Ejlerskov, Karin A. Pfeiffer and Kim F. Michaelsen

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:613

    Published on: 30 June 2017

  8. Research article

    BMI and recommended levels of physical activity in school children

    Physical activity (PA) and its health benefits are a continuous point of discussion. Recommendations for children’s daily PA vary between guidelines. To better define the amount of PA necessary to prevent over...

    Phillipp Schwarzfischer, Martina Weber, Dariusz Gruszfeld, Piotr Socha, Veronica Luque, Joaquin Escribano, Annick Xhonneux, Elvira Verduci, Benedetta Mariani, Berthold Koletzko and Veit Grote

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:595

    Published on: 24 June 2017

  9. Research article

    A comparison of nutritional intake and daily physical activity of girls aged 8-11 years old in Makkah, Saudi Arabia according to weight status

    Obesity rates in Saudi Arabia are amongst the highest in the world. It is known that teenage girls are less active than teenage boys, but less is known about the diet and activity patterns in younger girls. Th...

    Rabab Al-Kutbe, Anne Payne, Anne de Looy and Gail A. Rees

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:592

    Published on: 21 June 2017

  10. Research article

    Conceptualizing physical activity parenting practices using expert informed concept mapping analysis

    Parents are widely recognized as playing a central role in the development of child behaviors such as physical activity. As there is little agreement as to the dimensions of physical activity-related parenting...

    Louise C. Mâsse, Teresia M. O’Connor, Andrew W. Tu, Sheryl O. Hughes, Mark R. Beauchamp and Tom Baranowski

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:574

    Published on: 14 June 2017

  11. Research article

    The influence of dog ownership on objective measures of free-living physical activity and sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults: a longitudinal case-controlled study

    There is some evidence to suggest that dog ownership may improve physical activity (PA) among older adults, but to date, studies examining this, have either depended on self-report or incomplete datasets due t...

    Philippa Margaret Dall, Sarah Lesley Helen Ellis, Brian Martin Ellis, P Margaret Grant, Alison Colyer, Nancy Renee Gee, Malcolm Howard Granat and Daniel Simon Mills

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:496

    Published on: 9 June 2017

  12. Research article

    Parent engagement and attendance in PEACH™ QLD – an up-scaled parent-led childhood obesity program

    Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health (PEACH™) is a multicomponent treatment program delivered over ten group sessions to parents of overweight/obese primary school-aged children. It has been shown t...

    Susan L. Williams, Wendy Van Lippevelde, Anthea Magarey, Carly J. Moores, Debbie Croyden, Emma Esdaile and Lynne Daniels

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:559

    Published on: 9 June 2017

  13. Research article

    Effect of major school playground reconstruction on physical activity and sedentary behaviour: Camden active spaces

    The physical school environment is a promising setting to increase children’s physical activity although robust evidence is sparse. We examined the effects of major playground reconstruction on physical activi...

    Mark Hamer, Daniel Aggio, Georgina Knock, Courtney Kipps, Aparna Shankar and Lee Smith

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:552

    Published on: 7 June 2017

  14. Research article

    How parents perceive screen viewing in their 5–6 year old child within the context of their own screen viewing time: a mixed-methods study

    Few studies have examined parental perceptions of their child’s screen-viewing (SV) within the context of parental SV time. This study qualitatively examined parents’ perceptions of their 5–6-year-old child’s ...

    Janice L. Thompson, Simon J. Sebire, Joanna M. Kesten, Jesmond Zahra, Mark Edwards, Emma Solomon-Moore and Russell Jago

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:471

    Published on: 1 June 2017

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