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Energy balance-related behaviors

Section edited by Richard Rosenkranz, Dianne Stanton Ward, 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. Content type: Research article

    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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  2. Content type: Research article

    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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  3. Content type: Research article

    Evidence suggests that young females are more likely to try to lose weight than young males, however whether this sex difference persists across demographic characteristics and weight status is unclear. Furthe...

    Authors: Stephanie A. Houle-Johnson and Lisa Kakinami

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1343

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Excess body weight (EBW: overweight and obesity) has high and rising prevalence in Brazil. Up-to-date information about the distribution and changes in the prevalence of EBW and their associated factors are es...

    Authors: Jaqueline Lopes Pereira, Diva Aliete dos Santos Vieira, Maria Cecília Goi Porto Alves, Chester Luís Galvão César, Moisés Goldbaum and Regina Mara Fisberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1332

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Ecological models suggest that a strategy for increasing physical activity participation within a population is to reconstruct the “social climate”. This can be accomplished through 1) changing norms and belie...

    Authors: Lira Yun, Leigh Vanderloo, Tanya R. Berry, Amy E. Latimer-Cheung, Norman O’Reilly, Ryan E. Rhodes, John C. Spence, Mark S. Tremblay and Guy Faulkner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1301

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Despite known health benefits of physical activity (PA), older adults remain among the least physically active age group globally with 30–60% not meeting guidelines. In Canada, 87% do not meet recommended guid...

    Authors: Heather McKay, Lindsay Nettlefold, Adrian Bauman, Christa Hoy, Samantha M. Gray, Erica Lau and Joanie Sims-Gould

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1289

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  7. Content type: Research article

    There is limited evidence for the prevalence of the co-existence of physical activity (PA) and sedentary behavior (SED), and its correlates among children and adolescents. This study has two aims: 1) to invest...

    Authors: Si-Tong Chen, Yang Liu, Jin-Tao Hong, Yan Tang, Zhen-Bo Cao, Jie Zhuang, Zheng Zhu and Pei-Jie Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1287

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Metabolic syndrome (MetS) describes a combination of risk factors that increase the risk of developing chronic diseases. The prevalences of MetS and its risk factors are increasing, especially in the Arab regi...

    Authors: Dalia Haroun, Rola Mechli, Razan Sahuri, Safa AlKhatib, Omar Obeid, Carla El Mallah, Lesley Wood and Khulood AlSuwaidi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1284

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  9. Content type: Research article

    There is a lack of evidence regarding clusters of health-related behaviors among adolescents from low, lower-middle, and upper-middle income countries. This study aimed to identify clustering patterns of healt...

    Authors: Thiago Sousa Matias, Kelly Samara Silva, Jaqueline Aragoni da Silva, Gabrielli Thais de Mello and Jo Salmon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1283

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Childhood obesity tracks into adulthood with detrimental effects on health. We aimed to examine the relationships of diet in childcare settings and daily physical activity (PA) of preschoolers with body mass i...

    Authors: Vanessa Er, Kaiseree Ioni Dias, Angeliki Papadaki, James White, Sian Wells, Dianne Stanton Ward, Chris Metcalfe, Russell Jago and Ruth Kipping

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1262

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    In 2014 the Danish Government introduced a wide-ranging school reform that applies to all public schools in Denmark. The reform involves changes in several aspects of the school structure and content. In a phy...

    Authors: Natascha Holbæk Pedersen, Sofie Koch, Kristian Traberg Larsen, Peter Lund Kristensen, Jens Troelsen, Niels Christian Møller, Jan Christian Brønd, Jacob von Bornemann Hjelmborg, Søren Brage and Anders Grøntved

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1245

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies in various countries have found that informal childcare (provided by relatives, friends etc.) was associated with an increased risk of obesity in children aged 0–5 years. However, no qualitati...

    Authors: Eleanor Diana Lidgate, Bai Li and Antje Lindenmeyer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1229

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Maternal perceived stress has been discussed to contribute to the development of childhood overweight. Our aim was to investigate the longitudinal relationship of early maternal perceived stress and BMI z-scor...

    Authors: Beate Leppert, Kristin M. Junge, Stefan Röder, Michael Borte, Gabriele I. Stangl, Rosalind J. Wright, Anja Hilbert, Irina Lehmann and Saskia Trump

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1211

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Excess screen media use is a robust predictor of childhood obesity. Understanding how household factors may affect children’s screen use is needed to tailor effective intervention efforts. The preschool years ...

    Authors: Jennifer A. Emond, Lucy K. Tantum, Diane Gilbert-Diamond, Sunny Jung Kim, Reina K. Lansigan and Sara Benjamin Neelon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1210

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  15. Content type: Research article

    There is growing evidence of the public health benefits of promoting cycling. The ways that the built environment and perceived social norms independently influence cycling participation is well established. H...

    Authors: Matthew Bourke, Toni A Hilland and Melinda Craike

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1162

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  16. Content type: Research article

    It has been recognized that alternate day calorie restriction (ADCR) or exercise has positive effects on cardio-metabolic risk factors. It is unclear whether the combined effect of ADCR and exercise (aerobic +...

    Authors: Minsuk Oh, Sue Kim, Ki-Yong An, Jihee Min, Hyuk In Yang, Junga Lee, Mi Kyung Lee, Dong-Il Kim, Hye-Sun Lee, Ji-Won Lee and Justin Y. Jeon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1124

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Even though Latinos have become a priority population for the promotion of physical activity in the United States, several widely used scales in physical activity promotion research have not been validated amo...

    Authors: Andrea S. Mendoza-Vasconez, Becky Marquez, Tanya J. Benitez and Bess H. Marcus

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1097

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Obesity is a widespread problem that not only leads to medical and psychological diseases in adults, but also in children and adolescents at an early stage in life. Because of its global burden on both the ind...

    Authors: Tiffany Naets, Leentje Vervoort, Marijke Ysebaert, Annelies Van Eyck, Stijn Verhulst, Luc Bruyndonckx, Benedicte De Winter, Kim Van Hoorenbeeck, Ann Tanghe and Caroline Braet

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1075

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity plays a fundamental role in the health and well-being of children. Walking is the most common form of physical activity and the journey to and from school provides an opportunity for children...

    Authors: Katherine Wilson, Andrew F. Clark and Jason A. Gilliland

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1053

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity (PA) is important in combating childhood obesity. Parents, and thus parental PA, could influence PA in young children. We examined whether the time spent at different intensities of PA and th...

    Authors: Silvia I. Brouwer, Leanne K. Küpers, Lotte Kors, Anna Sijtsma, Pieter J. J. Sauer, Carry M. Renders and Eva Corpeleijn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1033

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Evidence for the context-specific influence of parental modelling on physical activity (PA) in childhood remains inconclusive. This nationwide Swiss study assessed the cross-sectional association between objec...

    Authors: Bettina Bringolf-Isler, Christian Schindler, Bengt Kayser, L. Suzanne Suggs and Nicole Probst-Hensch

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1024

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  22. Content type: Research article

    People living in deprived areas are more likely to be overweight or obese, have poorer health outcomes, and tend to benefit less from interventions than those from more affluent backgrounds. One approach to ad...

    Authors: Nia Coupe, Sarah Cotterill and Sarah Peters

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:967

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2018 18:1147

  23. Content type: Research article

    The socioecological model proposes a wide array of factors that influence behaviours. There is a need to understand salient correlates of these activity behaviours in a specific population. However, few studie...

    Authors: Erin K. Howie, Joanne A. McVeigh, Elisabeth A. H. Winkler, Genevieve N. Healy, Romola S. Bucks, Peter R. Eastwood and Leon M. Straker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:916

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  24. Content type: Research article

    As other westerns countries, a large portion of Norwegians do not meet the minimum recommendations for weekly physical activity (PA). One of the primary targets of the WHO’s Global action plan for the prevention ...

    Authors: Alessio Rossi and Giovanna Calogiuri

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:913

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  25. Content type: Research article

    It has been proposed that compensations in physical activity, energy expenditure and sedentary parameters can occur as a result of overfeeding studies in order to maintain body weight; however, the evidence ha...

    Authors: Valerie Giroux, Soraya Saidj, Chantal Simon, Martine Laville, Berenice Segrestin and Marie-Eve Mathieu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:903

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  26. Content type: Study protocol

    Exercise and nutrition are important for older adults to maintain or to regain their muscle mass, function, strength, and ultimately quality of life. The effectiveness of combined resistance exercise and diet ...

    Authors: Ellen J. I. van Dongen, Annemien Haveman-Nies, Nick L. W. Wezenbeek, Berber G. Dorhout, Esmée L. Doets and Lisette C. P. G. M. de Groot

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:877

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Evidence-based behavioral weight loss interventions are under-utilized. To inform efforts to increase uptake of these interventions, it is important to understand the perspectives of adults with obesity regard...

    Authors: Megan A. McVay, William S. Yancy Jr, Gary G. Bennett, Seung-Hye Jung and Corrine I. Voils

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:854

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  28. Content type: Study protocol

    The environment affects children’s energy balance-related behaviors to a considerable extent. A context-based physical activity and nutrition school- and family-based intervention, named KEIGAAF, is being impl...

    Authors: S. R. B. Verjans-Janssen, Dave H. H. Van Kann, Sanne M. P. L. Gerards, Steven B. Vos, Maria W. J. Jansen and Stef P. J. Kremers

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:842

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Advances in sensor technology allow for objective and high-resolution monitoring of physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Novel epidemiological data is required to provide feedback on an individual’s habi...

    Authors: Kimberley S. van Schooten, Jaap H. van Dieen, Mirjam Pijnappels, Andrea B. Maier, Alex J. van ‘t Hul, Martijn Niessen and Rob C. van Lummel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:824

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The mechanisms explaining the positive relationship between television (TV) viewing and body mass index (BMI) are unclear. ‘Mindless eating’ and ‘physical activity displacement’ theories have been suggested, b...

    Authors: Verity J. Cleland, Kira Patterson, Monique Breslin, Michael D. Schmidt, Terence Dwyer and Alison J. Venn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:797

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Screen-time and unhealthy dietary behaviours are highly pervasive in young children and evidence suggests that these behaviours often co-occur and are associated. Identifying clusters of unhealthy behaviours, ...

    Authors: Natalie Pearson, Stuart J. H. Biddle, Paula Griffiths, Julie P. Johnston and Emma Haycraft

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:753

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The number of deaths per year attributed to non-communicable diseases is increasing in low- and middle-income countries, including Thailand. To facilitate the development of evidence-based public health progra...

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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:733

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Participation in sport is very popular for young children. Many children participate in entry-level modified sports programs. These programs are modified to match the developmental capacity of children and are...

    Authors: Rochelle Eime, Jack Harvey and Melanie Charity

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:718

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Older adults spend more time sitting than any other age group, contributing to poor health outcomes. Effective behavioral interventions are needed to encourage less sitting among older adults, specifically tho...

    Authors: Theresa E. Matson, Anne D. Renz, Michelle L. Takemoto, Jennifer B. McClure and Dori E. Rosenberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:706

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  35. Content type: Research article

    To date, few mobile health (mHealth) interventions aimed at changing lifestyle behaviors have measured long term effectiveness. At the 6-month follow-up the MINISTOP trial found a statistically significant int...

    Authors: Christine Delisle Nyström, Sven Sandin, Pontus Henriksson, Hanna Henriksson, Ralph Maddison and Marie Löf

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:658

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Physical inactivity is associated with excess weight and adverse health outcomes. We synthesize the evidence on physical inactivity and its social determinants in Arab countries, with special attention to gend...

    Authors: Eman Sharara, Chaza Akik, Hala Ghattas and Carla Makhlouf Obermeyer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:639

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    Rural Appalachian populations have poorer health and fewer positive health-related behaviors compared to other United States populations. Appalachians are the most sedentary U.S. population and teens are parti...

    Authors: Laureen H. Smith, Rick L. Petosa and Abigail Shoben

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:633

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The relationship between sleep duration and overweight risk remains unexplored among Chinese children. This study aims to evaluate this association in a national investigation with school-aged population.

    Authors: Muqing Cao, Yanna Zhu, Xiuhong Li, Yajun Chen, Jun Ma and Jin Jing

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:615

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Schools are a key setting for large-scale primordial non-communicable disease prevention in young people, but little data on sustainability of impacts on cardiometabolic risk markers is available.

    Authors: Jakob Tarp, Eva Jespersen, Niels Christian Møller, Heidi Klakk, Barbara Wessner, Niels Wedderkopp and Anna Bugge

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:605

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Studies have examined the associations between emotions and overeating but have only rarely considered associations between emotions and specific food choices. The purpose of this secondary data analysis was t...

    Authors: Jessica Ashurst, Irene van Woerden, Genevieve Dunton, Michael Todd, Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, Pamela Swan and Meg Bruening

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:573

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The current study examined the effectiveness of a social network intervention to promote physical activity among adolescents. Social network interventions utilize peer influence to change behavior by identifyi...

    Authors: Thabo J. van Woudenberg, Kirsten E. Bevelander, William J. Burk, Crystal R. Smit, Laura Buijs and Moniek Buijzen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:542

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  42. Content type: Research article

    24 h-accelerometry is now used to objectively assess physical activity (PA) in many observational studies like the German National Cohort; however, PA variability, observational time needed to estimate habitua...

    Authors: Lina Jaeschke, Astrid Steinbrecher, Stephanie Jeran, Stefan Konigorski and Tobias Pischon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:530

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  43. Content type: Research article

    There is limited evidence concerning how active commuting (AC) is associated with health benefits in young. The aim of the study was to analyze the relationship between AC to and from campus (walking) and obes...

    Authors: Antonio García-Hermoso, Andrea P. Quintero, Enrique Hernández, Jorge Enrique Correa-Bautista, Mikel Izquierdo, Alejandra Tordecilla-Sanders, Daniel Prieto-Benavides, Carolina Sandoval-Cuellar, Katherine González-Ruíz, Emilio Villa-González and Robinson Ramírez-Vélez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:523

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to explore parents’ responses to changes in children’s physical activity and screen-time between Year 1 (5-6 years) and Year 4 (8-9 years of age) of primary school. A secondary aim wa...

    Authors: Russell Jago, Emma Solomon-Moore, Zoi Toumpakari, Deborah A. Lawlor, Janice L. Thompson and Simon J. Sebire

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:520

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The increase in adiposity problems among United States adolescents has been accompanied by persistently high prevalence of unhealthy dieting behaviours (UDBs) such as fasting, taking diet pills/powders/liquids...

    Authors: Sarah N. M. Chin, Anthony A. Laverty and Filippos T. Filippidis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:439

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Two primary factors that contribute to obesity are unhealthy eating and sedentary behavior. These behaviors are particularly difficult to change in the long-term because they are often enacted habitually. Cogn...

    Authors: Vanessa Allom, Barbara Mullan, Evelyn Smith, Phillipa Hay and Jayanthi Raman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:505

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Expanding the use of evidence-based behavioral interventions in community settings has met with limited success in various health outcomes as fidelity and dose of clinical interventions are often diluted when ...

    Authors: William J. Heerman, David Schludnt, Dawn Harris, Leah Teeters, Rachel Apple and Shari L. Barkin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:498

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Unhealthy environments and food advertisements are major determinants of childhood obesity. Recent regulation has banned unhealthy foods from schools in Mexico. However, currently there is no regulation limiti...

    Authors: Simón Barquera, Lucia Hernández-Barrera, Stephen J. Rothenberg and Enrique Cifuentes

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:461

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  49. Content type: Research article

    About 80% of endometrial cancer survivors (ECS) are overweight or obese and have sedentary behaviors. Lifestyle behavior interventions are promising for improving dietary and physical activity behaviors, but t...

    Authors: Dimitrios A. Koutoukidis, Sonia Lopes, Lou Atkins, Helen Croker, M. Tish Knobf, Anne Lanceley and Rebecca J. Beeken

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:415

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