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Energy balance-related behaviors

Section edited by Richard Rosenkranz, Dianne Stanton Ward, Carol Maher, Marc Adams and 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. Social inequalities in bodyweight start early in life and track into adulthood. Dietary patterns are an important determinant of weight development in children, towards both overweight and underweight. Therefo...

    Authors: Viyan Rashid, Martinette T. Streppel, Marielle F. Engberink, Peter J. M. Weijs, Mary Nicolaou and Arnoud P. Verhoeff

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:427

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  2. Early childhood education (ECE) centers are an important place for preschool-aged children to obtain physical activity (PA). A U.S. state government (Louisiana) recently updated requirements for licensed cente...

    Authors: Chelsea L. Kracht, E. Kipling Webster and Amanda E. Staiano

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:387

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  3. During the recent decade presence of digital media, especially handheld devices, in everyday life, has been increasing. Survey data suggests that children and adults spend much of their leisure on screen media...

    Authors: Martin Gillies Banke Rasmussen, Jesper Pedersen, Line Grønholt Olesen, Søren Brage, Heidi Klakk, Peter Lund Kristensen, Jan Christian Brønd and Anders Grøntved

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:380

    Content type: Study protocol

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  4. Evidence is unclear on whether inequalities in average levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) reflect differences in participation, differences in the amount of time spent active, or both. Usi...

    Authors: Shaun Scholes and Jennifer S. Mindell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:361

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Living in urban or rural environments may influence children’s levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviours. We know little about variations in device-measured physical activity and sedentary levels of...

    Authors: Paul McCrorie, Rich Mitchell, Laura Macdonald, Andrew Jones, Emma Coombes, Jasper Schipperijn and Anne Ellaway

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:304

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Little is known about changes in overweight/obesity and central obesity status among schoolchildren from preadolescence to adolescence in Japan, where waist circumference (WC) is generally not measured in annu...

    Authors: Hirotaka Ochiai, Takako Shirasawa, Rimei Nishimura, Takahiko Yoshimoto, Akira Minoura, Kosuke Oikawa, Ayako Miki, Hiromi Hoshino and Akatsuki Kokaze

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:241

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The main objective of the study is to analyse the changes in the prevalence of obesity among Czech adolescents between 2002 and 2018 with regard to the socioeconomic status (SES) of adolescents’ families and t...

    Authors: Erik Sigmund, Dagmar Sigmundová, Petr Badura, Jaroslava Voráčová, Hobza Vladimír Jr, Tomáš Hollein, Jan Pavelka, Zuzana Půžová and Michal Kalman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:229

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  8. The Global Physical Activity Questionnaire (GPAQ) is applied internationally as a tool to assess the level of physical activity. The GPAQ was designed as an interview, including the use of show cards, which vi...

    Authors: Kevin Rudolf, Florian Lammer, Gerrit Stassen, Ingo Froböse and Andrea Schaller

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:223

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Ready-to-eat (RTE) food consumption has become popular in the working community with the increase in full-time jobs and the limited time to prepare food. Although RTE food is essential for this community, its ...

    Authors: Thin Zar Thike, Yu Mon Saw, Htin Lin, Khin Chit, Aung Ba Tun, Hein Htet, Su Myat Cho, Aye Thazin Khine, Thu Nandar Saw, Tetsuyoshi Kariya, Eiko Yamamoto and Nobuyuki Hamajima

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:206

    Content type: Research article

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  10. It has been suggested that specific interventions delivered through the education sector in low- and middle-income countries might improve children’s health and wellbeing. This cluster-randomised controlled tr...

    Authors: Akina Shrestha, Christian Schindler, Peter Odermatt, Jana Gerold, Séverine Erismann, Subodh Sharma, Rajendra Koju, Jürg Utzinger and Guéladio Cissé

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:158

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Evidence suggests that South Asian school-aged children and adults are less active compared to the white British population. It is unknown if this generalises to young children. We aimed to describe variabilit...

    Authors: Paul J. Collings, Sufyan A. Dogra, Silvia Costa, Daniel D. Bingham and Sally E. Barber

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:109

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Latino fathers may play important roles in adolescents’ physical activity and screen time. However, informant discrepancies regarding paternal activity parenting practices may challenge studies supporting evid...

    Authors: Youjie Zhang, Aysegul Baltaci, Francine Overcash, Stephanie Druziako, Alejandro Peralta, Ghaffar Ali Hurtado and Marla Reicks

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:92

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  13. Most UK adolescents do not achieve recommended levels of physical activity. Previous studies suggested that perceptions of the neighbourhood environment could contribute to explain differences in physical acti...

    Authors: Nicolas Berger, Daniel Lewis, Matteo Quartagno, Edmund Njeru Njagi and Steven Cummins

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1760

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  14. Establishing healthy nutrition, activity, and sleep behaviours early in life is a key strategy in childhood obesity prevention. Parents are the primary influence on the development and establishment of obesity...

    Authors: Andrea B. Fuller, Rebecca A. Byrne, Rebecca K. Golley and Stewart G. Trost

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1740

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  15. Finding effective intervention strategies to combat rising obesity levels could significantly reduce the burden that obesity and associated non-communicable diseases places on both individuals and the National...

    Authors: Aidan Q. Innes, Greig Thomson, Mary Cotter, James A. King, Niels B. J. Vollaard and Benjamin M. Kelly

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1732

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  16. Transition to college is characterized by change, ambiguity, and adjustment compared to the previous lifestyle before entering college. Our study aimed was to determine the pattern of students’ physical exerci...

    Authors: Sarah Ahmed Alkhateeb, Najwa Fahad Alkhameesi, Ghadeer Nazeh Lamfon, Shahad Zuhair Khawandanh, Lujain Khalid Kurdi, Murooj Yaseen Faran, Alya Abdullah Khoja, Lujain Muhammed Bukhari, Hadeel Rajeh Aljahdali, Nuha Abdullah Ashour, Hessan Turki Bagasi, Raghdah Adel Delli, Ohood Abdullah Khoja and Osama Yousof Safdar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1716

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  17. Given the widespread problem of physical inactivity, and the continued growth in prevalence of childhood and adolescent obesity, promotion of regular physical activity (PA) among young people has become a publ...

    Authors: Rikstje Wiersma, Congchao Lu, Esther Hartman and Eva Corpeleijn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1647

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  18. Recent 24-h movement guidelines for the early years established recommendations for physical activity (PA), screen time (ST), and sleep. To date, few studies have focused on compliance with meeting the guideli...

    Authors: Marja H. Leppänen, Carola Ray, Heini Wennman, Christina Alexandrou, Katri Sääksjärvi, Leena Koivusilta, Maijaliisa Erkkola and Eva Roos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1618

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  19. Caffeine containing energy drinks (EDs) are heavily consumed, particularly among young adults. The number of reports of caffeine intoxication from caffeinated EDs and problems related to caffeine dependence an...

    Authors: Gehad M. Subaiea, Ali F. Altebainawi and Thamir M. Alshammari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1539

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  20. Many individuals aspire to attain various goals in life, such as committing to a healthful diet to slim down or saving for retirement to enhance future welfare. While these behaviors (weight loss and saving) s...

    Authors: Kerem Shuval, Bob M. Fennis, Qing Li, Amir Grinstein, Meike Morren and Jeffrey Drope

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1538

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  21. Studies indicate an effect of smoking toward abdominal obesity, but few assess hip and waist circumferences (HC and WC) independently. The present study aimed to assess the associations of smoking status and v...

    Authors: Sidsel Graff-Iversen, Stephen Hewitt, Lisa Forsén, Liv Grøtvedt and Inger Ariansen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1439

    Content type: Research article

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  22. A key objective of this study was to examine obesity care attitudes and behaviors of people with obesity (PwO) and determine independent factors associated with a self-reported sustained weight loss success ou...

    Authors: Nikhil V. Dhurandhar, Theodore Kyle, Boris Stevenin and Kenneth Tomaszewski

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1422

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  23. Information about how much time adults spend cycling, walking and running can be used for planning and evaluating initiatives for active, healthy societies. The objectives of this study were to describe how mu...

    Authors: Melker Staffan Johansson, Mette Korshøj, Peter Schnohr, Jacob Louis Marott, Eva Irene Bossano Prescott, Karen Søgaard and Andreas Holtermann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1370

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  24. As part of efforts to address high levels of overweight and obesity, the provision of nutrition information (e.g., through nutrition labels and nutrition claims) on food packages has increasingly become an imp...

    Authors: Laura H. Oostenbach, Esther Slits, Ella Robinson and Gary Sacks

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1296

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  25. The prevalence of general and abdominal obesity has increased rapidly in China. The aims of this study were to estimate the dynamic prevalence of overweight, general obesity, and abdominal obesity and the dist...

    Authors: Yongjie Chen, Qin Peng, Yu Yang, Senshuang Zheng, Yuan Wang and Wenli Lu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1293

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Rapid infant weight gain (RIWG) is a very strong predictor of childhood overweight and obesity (COO). Socioeconomic position (SEP) is also related to the risk of COO and parents of different SEP may differ in ...

    Authors: Torill Alise Rotevatn, Charlotte Overgaard, G. J. Melendez-Torres, Rikke Nørmark Mortensen, Line Rosenkilde Ullits, Anna Marie Balling Høstgaard, Christian Torp-Pedersen and Henrik Bøggild

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1209

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  27. The purpose of this study was to examine specific energy balance-related behaviors (sedentary behaviors, physical activity, and dietary) associating with adolescent weight loss intent using data from the 2017 ...

    Authors: Ryan D. Burns

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1206

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  28. Few adolescent girls engage in enough physical activity (PA) to meet recommendations and there is a need for new interventions to increase girls PA. We have previously published the results of the PLAN-A clust...

    Authors: Simon J. Sebire, Kathryn Banfield, Russell Jago, Mark J. Edwards, Rona Campbell, Ruth Kipping, Peter S. Blair, Bryar Kadir, Kirsty Garfield, Joe Matthews, Ronan A. Lyons and William Hollingworth

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1203

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  29. Girls Active is a physical activity programme, delivered in UK secondary schools, with the aim of increasing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in girls aged 11–14 years. This study presents the pro...

    Authors: Trish Gorely, Deirdre M. Harrington, Danielle H. Bodicoat, Melanie J. Davies, Kamlesh Khunti, Lauren B. Sherar, Rhiannon Tudor-Edwards, Thomas Yates and Charlotte L. Edwardson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1187

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  30. Obesity is a key risk factor for developing a long-term condition and a leading cause of mortality globally. The limited evidence associated with interventions that currently target obesity-related behaviours ...

    Authors: Nestor Serrano Fuentes, Anne Rogers and Mari Carmen Portillo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1178

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  31. This study contributes to the limited number of studies that have explored the impact of not meeting the recommendations for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, screen time, fruit and vegetable consumption...

    Authors: Sandya Menon, Anne Philipneri, Sujitha Ratnasingham and Heather Manson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1157

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  32. Childhood overweight/obesity has become a major public health concern globally because of its adverse health consequences and escalating prevalence. The factors underlying the disease conditions manifested dur...

    Authors: Ashmita Karki, Archana Shrestha and Narayan Subedi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1055

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  33. Adolescents engage in various combinations (typologies) of physical activity and sedentary behaviors, which impact their health and wellbeing in different ways. As such, there is a need to understand the facto...

    Authors: Kate E. Parker, Jo Salmon, Karen Villanueva, Suzanne Mavoa, Jenny Veitch, Helen L. Brown and Anna Timperio

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1041

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  34. With prevalence estimates indicating that young Australian children are increasingly sedentary, it is important to identify the relevant attributes that are shaping this lack of activity. Literature has identi...

    Authors: Nicola Wiseman, Neil Harris and Martin Downes

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:946

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  35. Less than 2% of children in the U.S., ages 9–13, meet the minimum dietary recommendations for vegetable intake. The home setting provides potential opportunities to promote dietary behavior change among childr...

    Authors: Francine M. Overcash, Zata Vickers, Allison E. Ritter, Traci Mann, Elton Mykerezi, Joseph Redden, Aaron K. Rendahl, Cynthia Davey and Marla Reicks

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:881

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  36. The promotion of a physically active lifestyle might help address the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases in Nepal. However, there is a lack of nationally representative estimates of physical activi...

    Authors: Zeljko Pedisic, Nipun Shrestha, Paul D. Loprinzi, Suresh Mehata and Shiva Raj Mishra

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:864

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  37. Office workers typically sit for most of the workday, which has been linked to physical and mental ill-health and premature death. This mixed-methods study sought to identify barriers and facilitators to reduc...

    Authors: Stephen Dewitt, Jennifer Hall, Lee Smith, John P. Buckley, Stuart J. H. Biddle, Louise Mansfield and Benjamin Gardner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:819

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  38. Saturated fatty acids (SFA) have been reported to promote inflammation. Nevertheless, evidence linking dietary SFA and low-grade inflammation in adolescents is scarce and inconsistent. The modulatory role of p...

    Authors: Carla P. Harris, Andrea von Berg, Dietrich Berdel, Carl-Peter Bauer, Tamara Schikowski, Sibylle Koletzko, Joachim Heinrich, Holger Schulz and Marie Standl

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:818

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  39. Physical activity is a cornerstone in the prevention and treatment of obesity. There are relatively few studies that explore the effect of accelerometer-determined moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA)...

    Authors: Gerson Luis de Moraes Ferrari, Irina Kovalskys, Mauro Fisberg, Georgina Gomez, Attilio Rigotti, Lilia Yadira Cortés Sanabria, Martha Cecilia Yépez García, Rossina Gabriella Pareja Torres, Marianella Herrera-Cuenca, Ioná Zalcman Zimberg, Viviana Guajardo, Michael Pratt, Carlos Pires and Dirceu Solé

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:809

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  40. Food away from home (FAFH) in the US is associated with adverse health outcomes, and food dollars spent on FAFH continues to increase. FAFH studies have typically focused on restaurants and carryout establishm...

    Authors: Melissa M. Reznar, Katherine Brennecke, Jamie Eathorne and Joel Gittelsohn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:744

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  41. Data suggest that sedentary behavior is an independent risk factor for obesity; however, the extent to which physical activity (PA) and sex alter this relationship remains unclear. To address this gap, the cur...

    Authors: Richard R. Suminski, Freda Patterson, Mackenzie Perkett, Katie M. Heinrich and Walker S. Carlos Poston

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:736

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  42. This study describes patterns of adolescents’ objectively-measured sitting volume, sitting bouts, and breaks in sitting during different days and periods of the day, and explored differences by sex and weekday...

    Authors: Lauren Arundell, Jo Salmon, Harriet Koorts, Ana Maria Contardo Ayala and Anna Timperio

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:653

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  43. The Go4Fun program in New South Wales, Australia is a community based weight management program for overweight and obese children aged 7–13 years and their families. This study assessed the impact of the numbe...

    Authors: Santosh Khanal, Leah Choi, Christine Innes-Hughes and Chris Rissel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:716

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  44. Parental support is an important element in overweight prevention programs for children. The purpose of this study was to examine everyday life situations in which mothers encounter difficulties encouraging he...

    Authors: Emilie L. M. Ruiter, Gerdine A. J. Fransen, Gerard R. M. Molleman, Michelle J. H. M. Hoeijmakers, Koos van der Velden and Rutger C. M. E. Engels

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:701

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  45. Little is known about the long-term shifts in distributions of three abdominal-obesity-related indicators, waist circumference (WC), waist-to-hip ratio (WHpR) and waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) among Chinese adu...

    Authors: Xiwen Qian, Chang Su, Bing Zhang, Guoyou Qin, Huijun Wang and Zhenyu Wu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:700

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  46. Parental and peer support can influence children’s physical activity; however, these associations have not been fully examined in a multi-ethnic population across early and late adolescence. The objective of t...

    Authors: Amier Haidar, Nalini Ranjit, Natalie Archer and Deanna M. Hoelscher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:640

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  47. For the past decades, Malaysia has seen an increased prevalence of overweight and obesity which leads to significant health threats. Physical activity is beneficial in maintaining healthy body weight. The obje...

    Authors: Yi Yi Lee, Khairil Shazmin Kamarudin and Wan Abdul Manan Wan Muda

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:621

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  48. With studies around the world suggesting a large proportion of people do not recognise that they are overweight (or feel satisfied with being overweight), this fuels the view that such ‘misperceptions’ need to...

    Authors: Xiaoqi Feng and Andrew Wilson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:619

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  49. Laboratory studies suggest that eating more ‘attentively’ (e.g. attending to food being eaten and recalling eating episodes) can reduce food intake among participants with both healthy weight and overweight. T...

    Authors: Victoria Whitelock, Inge Kersbergen, Suzanne Higgs, Paul Aveyard, Jason C. G. Halford and Eric Robinson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:611

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