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

    Physical activity and overweight/obesity among Malaysian adults: findings from the 2015 National Health and morbidity survey (NHMS)

    Overweight and obesity are growing health problems both worldwide and in Malaysia due to such lifestyle changes as decreased physical activity (PA), increased sedentary behavior and unhealthy eating habits. Th...

    Ying Ying Chan, Kuang Kuay Lim, Kuang Hock Lim, Chien Huey Teh, Chee Cheong Kee, Siew Man Cheong, Yi Yi Khoo, Azli Baharudin, Miaw Yn Ling, Mohd Azahadi Omar and Noor Ani Ahmad

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:733

    Published on: 21 September 2017

  2. Study protocol

    Early food for future health: a randomized controlled trial evaluating the effect of an eHealth intervention aiming to promote healthy food habits from early childhood

    Childhood overweight and obesity is a global public health challenge. Primary prevention initiatives targeting parents have been called for to encourage a positive feeding environment and healthy eating habits...

    Christine Helle, Elisabet Rudjord Hillesund, Mona Linge Omholt and Nina Cecilie Øverby

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:729

    Published on: 20 September 2017

  3. Research article

    Perceived neighborhood safety related to physical activity but not recreational screen-based sedentary behavior in adolescents

    A growing proportion of adolescents have poor cardiovascular health behaviors, including low levels of physical activity and high levels of sedentary behavior, thus increasing the likelihood of poor heart heal...

    Clare M. Lenhart, Andrew Wiemken, Alexandra Hanlon, Mackenzie Perkett and Freda Patterson

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:722

    Published on: 18 September 2017

  4. Research article

    Physical fitness and anthropometric characteristics among adolescents living in urban or rural areas of Kosovo

    High physical fitness levels in childhood and adolescence are associated with positive health-related outcomes later in life. Albeit many researchers investigated rural-urban differences in physical fitness, t...

    Faton Tishukaj, Ismet Shalaj, Masar Gjaka, Besim Ademi, Rrustem Ahmetxhekaj, Norbert Bachl, Harald Tschan and Barbara Wessner

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:711

    Published on: 16 September 2017

  5. Research article

    Is economic environment associated with the physical activity levels and obesity in Chinese adults? A cross-sectional study of 30 regions in China

    Based on the 2014 survey of physical activity and physical fitness data of 20 − 69 year old Chinese, this study aims to investigate the relationship between economic development and people’s physical activity ...

    Mei Wang, Xu Wen, Yanfeng Zhang, Chongmin Jiang and Fubaihui Wang

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:701

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  6. Study protocol

    Effects of physical activity calorie expenditure (PACE) labeling: study design and baseline sample characteristics

    Obesity and physical inactivity are responsible for more than 365,000 deaths per year and contribute substantially to rising healthcare costs in the US, making clear the need for effective public health interv...

    Anthony J. Viera, Laura Tuttle, Emily Olsson, Julie Gras-Najjar, Ziya Gizlice, Derek Hales, Laura Linnan, Feng-Chang Lin, Seth M. Noar and Alice Ammerman

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:702

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  7. Research article

    The mediating role of the home environment in relation to parental educational level and preschool children’s screen time: a cross-sectional study

    Previous studies suggest that preschoolers from low socioeconomic backgrounds engage in more screen time. Still, the factors in the social and physical home environment driving these differences in preschool c...

    Suvi Määttä, Riikka Kaukonen, Henna Vepsäläinen, Elviira Lehto, Anna Ylönen, Carola Ray, Maijaliisa Erkkola and Eva Roos

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:688

    Published on: 2 September 2017

  8. Research article

    Assessment of nutrition and physical activity environments in family child care homes: modification and psychometric testing of the Environment and Policy Assessment and Observation

    Early care and education (ECE) settings play an important role in shaping the nutrition and physical activity habits of young children. Increasing research attention is being directed toward family child care ...

    Amber E. Vaughn, Stephanie Mazzucca, Regan Burney, Truls Østbye, Sara E. Benjamin Neelon, Alison Tovar and Dianne S. Ward

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:680

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  9. Research article

    “I would rather be told than not know” - A qualitative study exploring parental views on identifying the future risk of childhood overweight and obesity during infancy

    Risk assessment tools provide an opportunity to prevent childhood overweight and obesity through early identification and intervention to influence infant feeding practices. Engaging parents of infants is para...

    Faye Bentley, Judy Anne Swift, Rachel Cook and Sarah A Redsell

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:684

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  10. Research article

    Validity of the global physical activity questionnaire (GPAQ) in Bangladesh

    Feasible and cost-effective as well as population specific instruments for monitoring physical activity (PA) levels are needed for the management and prevention of non-communicable diseases. The WHO-endorsed G...

    Shirin Jahan Mumu, Liaquat Ali, Anthony Barnett and Dafna Merom

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:650

    Published on: 10 August 2017

  11. Research article

    Child and parent perspectives on healthier side dishes and beverages in restaurant kids’ meals: results from a national survey in the United States

    Children frequently consume foods from restaurants; considering the quick-service sector alone, 1/3 of children eat food from these restaurants on a given day, and among these consumers, 1/3 of their daily cal...

    Eleanor T. Shonkoff, Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, Vanessa M. Lynskey, Grace Chan, Meaghan E. Glenn and Christina D. Economos

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:56

    Published on: 25 July 2017

  12. Research article

    Validity and reliability of an adapted arabic version of the long international physical activity questionnaire

    The International Physical Actvity Questionnaire (IPAQ) is a validated tool for physical activity assessment used in many countries however no Arabic version of the long-form of this questionnaire exists to th...

    Khalil Helou, Nour El Helou, Maya Mahfouz, Yara Mahfouz, Pascale Salameh and Mireille Harmouche-Karaki

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:49

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

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