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

    Household food insecurity is associated with abdominal but not general obesity among Iranian children

    Childhood obesity is increasing all over the world. Food insecurity is mentioned as a possible risk factor; however, previous studies have led to inconsistent results in different societies while data are lack...

    Fateme Jafari, Simin Ehsani, Azadeh Nadjarzadeh, Ahmad Esmaillzadeh, Mahmood Noori-Shadkam and Amin Salehi-Abargouei

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:350

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Prenatal determinants of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness in adolescence – Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986 study

    Lower levels of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness are key risk factors of chronic adult diseases. Physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness are predicted by birth weight, but the underlying...

    Marjaana Tikanmäki, Tuija Tammelin, Marja Vääräsmäki, Marika Sipola-Leppänen, Satu Miettola, Anneli Pouta, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin and Eero Kajantie

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:346

    Published on: 20 April 2017

  3. Research article

    School grade and sex differences in domain-specific sedentary behaviors among Japanese elementary school children: a cross-sectional study

    It is vital to reduce the proportion of sedentary behavior in children. Understanding the duration and behavioral context is needed. The present study examined school-grade and sex differences in domain-specif...

    Kaori Ishii, Ai Shibata, Minoru Adachi, Yoshiyuki Mano and Koichiro Oka

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:318

    Published on: 13 April 2017

  4. Research article

    A comparison of antenatal classifications of ‘overweight’ and ‘obesity’ prevalence between white British, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi pregnant women in England; analysis of retrospective data

    Maternal obesity increases women’s risk of poor birth outcomes, and statistics show that Pakistani and Bangladeshi women (who are born or settled) in the UK experience higher rates of perinatal mortality and c...

    Rebecca Garcia, Nasreen Ali, Andy Guppy, Malcolm Griffiths and Gurch Randhawa

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:308

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  5. Research article

    Association of nutrition club membership with markers of health: a cross sectional study

    Nutrition clubs (NC) operate in community settings and provide members with nutrition education and meal replacements for weight management. NC are owned and operated by distributors of Herbalife products. The...

    Sai Krupa Das, Taylor A. Vail, Namibia Lebrón-Torres, Kara A. Livingston, Susan B. Roberts, Gail T. Rogers, Cheryl H. Gilhooly, Lorien E. Urban, Edward Saltzman, Nicola M. McKeown and Sara C. Folta

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:310

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  6. Research article

    The EVIDENT diet quality index is associated with cardiovascular risk and arterial stiffness in adults

    We aimed to simplify information from food frequency questionnaires (FFQs) in a single parameter that allows for rapid identification of quality of patient diet and its relationship to cardiovascular risk and ...

    Carmela Rodríguez-Martin, Rosario Alonso-Domínguez, María C Patino-Alonso, Manuel A Gómez-Marcos, José A Maderuelo-Fernández, Carlos Martin-Cantera, Luis García-Ortiz and José I. Recio-Rodríguez

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:305

    Published on: 8 April 2017

  7. Study protocol

    Farm Fresh Foods for Healthy Kids (F3HK): An innovative community supported agriculture intervention to prevent childhood obesity in low-income families and strengthen local agricultural economies

    Childhood obesity persists in the United States and is associated with serious health problems. Higher rates of obesity among children from disadvantaged households may be, in part, attributable to disparities...

    Rebecca A. Seguin, Emily H. Morgan, Karla L. Hanson, Alice S. Ammerman, Stephanie B. Jilcott Pitts, Jane Kolodinsky, Marilyn Sitaker, Florence A. Becot, Leah M. Connor, Jennifer A. Garner and Jared T. McGuirt

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:306

    Published on: 8 April 2017

  8. Research article

    Cardiorespiratory fitness levels and associations with physical activity and body composition in young South African adults from Soweto

    This observational study aims to describe fitness, and objectively measured physical activity levels and patterns in 409 young black South African adults (aged 19–20 years) from Soweto, as well as to examine a...

    A. Prioreschi, S. Brage, K. Westgate, S. A. Norris and L. K. Micklesfield

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:301

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  9. Debate

    A higher effort-based paradigm in physical activity and exercise for public health: making the case for a greater emphasis on resistance training

    It is well known that physical activity and exercise is associated with a lower risk of a range of morbidities and all-cause mortality. Further, it appears that risk reductions are greater when physical activi...

    James Steele, James Fisher, Martin Skivington, Chris Dunn, Josh Arnold, Garry Tew, Alan M. Batterham, David Nunan, Jamie M. O’Driscoll, Steven Mann, Chris Beedie, Simon Jobson, Dave Smith, Andrew Vigotsky, Stuart Phillips, Paul Estabrooks…

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:300

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  10. Research article

    Do the correlates of screen time and sedentary time differ in preschool children?

    Preschool children can spend up to 12 h a day in sedentary time and few meet current recommendations for screen time. Little is known about ecological correlates that could be targeted to decrease specific ver...

    Katherine L Downing, Trina Hinkley, Jo Salmon, Jill A Hnatiuk and Kylie D Hesketh

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:285

    Published on: 29 March 2017

  11. Research article

    Adaptive goal setting and financial incentives: a 2 × 2 factorial randomized controlled trial to increase adults’ physical activity

    Emerging interventions that rely on and harness variability in behavior to adapt to individual performance over time may outperform interventions that prescribe static goals (e.g., 10,000 steps/day). The purpo...

    Marc A. Adams, Jane C. Hurley, Michael Todd, Nishat Bhuiyan, Catherine L. Jarrett, Wesley J. Tucker, Kevin E. Hollingshead and Siddhartha S. Angadi

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:286

    Published on: 29 March 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:303

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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