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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a common outcome when assessing associations between childhood overweight and obesity and physical activity patterns. However, the fat and fat-free components of BMI, measured by the F...

    Authors: Lander S. M. M. Bosch, Jonathan C. K. Wells, Sooky Lum and Alice M. Reid

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:573

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  19. Obesity and overweight have increased dramatically in the United States over the last decades. The complexity of interrelated causal factors that result in obesity needs to be addressed within the cultural dyn...

    Authors: Banafsheh Sadeghi, Lucia L. Kaiser, Meagan M. Hanbury, Iraklis Erik Tseregounis, Ulfat Shaikh, Rosa Gomez-Camacho, Rex C. Y. Cheung, Alberto L. Aguilera, Linda Whent and Adela de la Torre

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:582

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  20. Little is known about the impact of the school environmental context on the emerging trend of childhood obesity in Africa. We examined the association of the schools’ contextual factors with body mass index (B...

    Authors: Theodosia Adom, André Pascal Kengne, Anniza De Villiers and Thandi Puoane

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:577

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  21. Sedentary time is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, but the association between objectively measured sedentary time and incident gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has not been tested. The pu...

    Authors: Janelle M. Wagnild, Kim Hinshaw and Tessa M. Pollard

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:575

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  22. Many environmental factors have been associated with physical activity. The environment is considered a key factor in terms of the rate of engagement in physical activity. This study examined the perceived eff...

    Authors: Chi-Chen Chiang, Shu-Ti Chiou, Yuan-Mei Liao and Yiing Mei Liou

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:524

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  23. The transition to parenthood is a cornerstone event for both parents, potentially leading to relevant changes in lifestyle and behaviour. In women, the metabolic changes during and after pregnancy and the dele...

    Authors: Tom Deliens, Vickà Versele, Hannelore Vanden Eynde, Peter Clarys, Roland Devlieger, Annick Bogaerts, Leonardo Gucciardo, Annick Schreurs, Caroline Van Holsbeke and Dirk Aerenhouts

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:516

    Content type: Study protocol

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  24. ActiGraph accelerometers are a widely used tool to objectively measure physical activity (PA) behavior in young children and several validated cut-point sets exist to estimate time spent in different PA intens...

    Authors: Claudia S. Leeger-Aschmann, Einat A. Schmutz, Annina E. Zysset, Tanja H. Kakebeeke, Nadine Messerli-Bürgy, Kerstin Stülb, Amar Arhab, Andrea H. Meyer, Simone Munsch, Oskar G. Jenni, Jardena J. Puder and Susi Kriemler

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:513

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  25. Physical inactivity is a persistent challenge among girls. School-based physical activity (PA) interventions have shown mixed effects on girl’s activity levels, with multi-component approaches involving both s...

    Authors: Kelly Morgan, Jordan Van Godwin, Kirsty Darwent and Alison Fildes

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:437

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  26. Identifying factors that can influence young peoples’ physical activity and sedentary behaviors is important for the development of effective interventions. The family structure in which children grow up may b...

    Authors: Amund Langøy, Otto R. F. Smith, Bente Wold, Oddrun Samdal and Ellen M. Haug

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:433

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  27. Although physical activity (PA) integrated in schools’ classrooms have shown a positive effect on children’s behaviors, its effectiveness on cognitive functions, PA levels and other health variables remains un...

    Authors: Mairena Sánchez-López, Abel Ruiz-Hermosa, Andrés Redondo-Tébar, María Eugenia Visier-Alfonso, Estela Jimenez-López, Maria Martínez-Andres, Montse Solera-Martínez, Alba Soriano-Cano and Vicente Martínez-Vizcaíno

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:417

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  28. Given the importance of knowing the potential impediments and enablers for physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviour (SB) in a specific population, the aim of this study was to systematically review and s...

    Authors: Nucharapon Liangruenrom, Melinda Craike, Stuart J. H. Biddle, Kanyapat Suttikasem and Zeljko Pedisic

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:414

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  29. This study aimed to investigate the validity of the Active Australia Survey across different subgroups and its responsiveness to change, as few previous studies have examined this.

    Authors: Corneel Vandelanotte, Mitch J. Duncan, Rob Stanton, Richard R. Rosenkranz, Cristina M. Caperchione, Amanda L. Rebar, Trevor N. Savage, W. Kerry Mummery and Gregory S. Kolt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:407

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  30. We aimed to identify different eating habits among Finnish children and to evaluate their association with meal patterns, breakfast consumption, and socio-demographic characteristics in a large, nationwide coh...

    Authors: Rejane Augusta de Oliveira Figueiredo, Jannina Viljakainen, Heli Viljakainen, Eva Roos, Trine B. Rounge and Elisabete Weiderpass

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:312

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  31. The nutrigenomics, overweight/obesity and weight management trial (NOW Trial) is a pragmatic randomized controlled trial of community-dwelling adults recruited from the Group Lifestyle Balance™ (GLB™) Program....

    Authors: Justine Horne, Jason Gilliland, Colleen O’Connor, Jamie Seabrook, Peter Hannaberg and Janet Madill

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:310

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  32. To measure trends in child growth and combat rising levels of obesity, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Manchester have developed Children’s Health and Monitoring Programme (CHA...

    Authors: Rinita Dam, Heather Anne Robinson, Sarah Vince-Cain, Gill Heaton, Adam Greenstein, Matthew Sperrin and Lamiece Hassan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:300

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  33. Disproportionately high rates of maternal overweight and obesity among the Hispanic population before, during, and after pregnancy pose serious health concerns for both mothers (e.g., preeclampsia, gestational...

    Authors: Sydney G. O’Connor, Rima Habre, Theresa M. Bastain, Claudia M. Toledo-Corral, Frank D. Gilliland, Sandrah P. Eckel, Jane Cabison, Christine H. Naya, Shohreh F. Farzan, Daniel Chu, Thomas A. Chavez, Carrie V. Breton and Genevieve F. Dunton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:253

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  34. A sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy diet are major factors in the increasing prevalence of obesity among Malaysian adolescents. The purpose of this systematic review is to compile the evidence from observat...

    Authors: Shooka Mohammadi, Muhammad Yazid Jalaludin, Tin Tin Su, Maznah Dahlui, Mohd Nahar Azmi Mohamed and Hazreen Abdul Majid

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:251

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  35. Existing research has documented inconsistent findings for the associations among breakfast frequency, physical activity (PA), and sedentary time in children. The primary aim of this study was to examine the a...

    Authors: Julia K. Zakrzewski-Fruer, Fiona B. Gillison, Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Emily F. Mire, Stephanie T. Broyles, Catherine M. Champagne, Jean-Philippe Chaput, Kara D. Denstel, Mikael Fogelholm, Gang Hu, Estelle V. Lambert, Carol Maher, José Maia, Tim Olds, Vincent Onywera, Olga L. Sarmiento…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:222

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  36. Physical inactivity and unhealthy diet are modifiable behaviors that lead to several cancers. Biologically, these behaviors are linked to cancer through obesity-related insulin resistance, inflammation, and ox...

    Authors: Marta M. Jankowska, Dorothy D. Sears, Loki Natarajan, Elena Martinez, Cheryl A. M. Anderson, James F. Sallis, Stephen A. Matthews, Katie Crist, Lindsay Dillon, Eileen Johnson, Angelica Barrera-Ng, Kelsey Full, Suneeta Godbole and Jacqueline Kerr

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:186

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  37. We assessed the effect of equivalent weight loss with or without exercise on (intra-) abdominal fat in postmenopausal women in the SHAPE-2 study.

    Authors: Willemijn A. van Gemert, Petra H. Peeters, Anne M. May, Adriaan J. H. Doornbos, Sjoerd G. Elias, Job van der Palen, Wouter Veldhuis, Maaike Stapper, Jantine A. Schuit and Evelyn M. Monninkhof

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:174

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  38. Healthy lifestyle programs that are designed specifically to appeal to and support men to improve lifestyle behaviors and lose weight are needed. The Rugby Fans in Training-New Zealand (RUFIT-NZ) program is de...

    Authors: Ralph Maddison, Elaine Anne Hargreaves, Sally Wyke, Cindy M. Gray, Kate Hunt, Justin Ihirangi Heke, Stephen Kara, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Andrew Jull, Yannan Jiang, Gerhard Sundborn and Samantha Marsh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:166

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  39. The overweight and obesity among military personnel, as an occupational group, beside the health issues, might affect their military performance. A systematic review and meta-analysis were conducted to estimat...

    Authors: Yahya Salimi, Maryam Taghdir, Mojtaba Sepandi and Ali-Akbar Karimi Zarchi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:162

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  40. Participation in regular physical activity (PA) has many health benefits for school-aged children. However, only about 20% of children worldwide meet recommendations for being sufficiently active. Children spe...

    Authors: David Kahan, Kent A. Lorenz, Eyad Kawwa and Andrew Rioveros

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:141

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  41. What we eat as infants and children carries long-term consequences. Apart from breastfeeding, the composition of the complementary diet, i.e. the foods given to the infant during the transition from breast mil...

    Authors: Torbjörn Lind, Ulrica Johansson, Inger Öhlund, Lene Lindberg, Bo Lönnerdal, Catharina Tennefors and Olle Hernell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:134

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  42. Calorie labeling on restaurant menus is a public health strategy to guide consumer ordering behaviors, but effects on calories purchased have been minimal. Displaying labels communicating the physical activity...

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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:107

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  43. The impact of social isolation and loneliness on health risk may be mediated by a combination of direct biological processes and lifestyle factors. This study tested the hypothesis that social isolation and lo...

    Authors: Stephanie Schrempft, Marta Jackowska, Mark Hamer and Andrew Steptoe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:74

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  44. Increasing children’s physical activity (PA) at school is critical to obesity prevention and health promotion. Implementing novel, low-cost PA programs offers potential to contribute to children’s in-school PA...

    Authors: Catherine M. Wright, Virginia R. Chomitz, Paula J. Duquesnay, Sarah A. Amin, Christina D. Economos and Jennifer M. Sacheck

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:73

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  45. Pregnancy has been identified as a contributor to obesity. We have shown that a diet intervention postpartum produced a 2-y weight loss of 8%. Here, we present the impact of the diet intervention on cost-effec...

    Authors: Lars Hagberg, Anna Winkvist, Hilde K Brekke, Fredrik Bertz, Else Hellebö Johansson and Ena Huseinovic

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:38

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  46. The growth and development that occurs in early childhood has long-term implications, therefore understanding the relevant determinants is needed to inform early prevention and intervention. The objectives of ...

    Authors: Valerie Carson, Eun-Young Lee, Kylie D. Hesketh, Stephen Hunter, Nicholas Kuzik, Madison Predy, Ryan E. Rhodes, Christina M. Rinaldi, John C. Spence and Trina Hinkley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:27

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  47. Characteristics of different participation groups can provide important information to increase participation in group-based physical activity programmes (GPAPs). This study examined four types of participatio...

    Authors: Susanne Jordan, Susanne Krug and Elena von der Lippe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1371

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