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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

    Health inequalities are already present at young age and tend to vary with ethnicity and socioeconomic status (SES). Diet is a major determinant of overweight, and studying dietary patterns as a whole in relat...

    Authors: Viyan Rashid, Marielle F. Engberink, Manon van Eijsden, Mary Nicolaou, Louise H. Dekker, Arnoud P. Verhoeff and Peter J. M. Weijs

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:115

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  2. Content type: Technical advance

    The widely accepted definition of sedentary behaviour [SB] refers to any waking behaviour characterized by an energy expenditure ≤1.5 metabolic equivalents [METs] while in a sitting or reclining posture. At pr...

    Authors: Anna Myers, Catherine Gibbons, Edward Butler, Michelle Dalton, Nicola Buckland, John Blundell and Graham Finlayson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:979

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  3. Content type: Research article

    North Carolina Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) resources improve child body mass index (BMI) when the resources are introduced by nurses to child care providers, and o...

    Authors: Jodi D. Stookey, Jane Evans, Curtis Chan, Lisa Tao-Lew, Tito Arana and Susan Arthur

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:965

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The number of sports facilities, sports clubs, or city parks in a residential neighbourhood may affect the likelihood that people participate in sports and their preferences for a certain sports location. This...

    Authors: Ineke Deelen, Marijke Jansen, Nico J. Dogterom, Carlijn B. M. Kamphuis and Dick Ettema

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:943

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  5. Content type: Research article

    China has seen rapid increase in obesity and hypertension prevalence and fast food consumption over the past decade. We examined status and risk factors for Western- and Chinese fast food consumption and their...

    Authors: Yaling Zhao, Liang Wang, Hong Xue, Huijun Wang and Youfa Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:933

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Parents have the potential to substantively influence their child’s physical activity. This study identified the parenting practices of US and Canadian parents to encourage or discourage their 5-12 year-old ch...

    Authors: Andrew W. Tu, Teresia M. O’Connor, Mark R. Beauchamp, Sheryl O. Hughes, Tom Baranowski and Louise C. Mâsse

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:920

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Translation encompasses the continuum from clinical efficacy to widespread adoption within the healthcare service and ultimately routine clinical practice. The Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health (...

    Authors: Carly Jane Moores, Jacqueline Miller, Rebecca Anne Perry, Lily Lai Hang Chan, Lynne Allison Daniels, Helen Anna Vidgen and Anthea Margaret Magarey

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:918

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Excess body weight during adulthood has been consistently associated with all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, and cancer at multiple sites among other chronic diseases. We describe the prevalence of e...

    Authors: Darren R. Brenner, Abbey E. Poirier, Tiffany R. Haig, Alianu Akawung, Christine M. Friedenreich and Paula J. Robson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:899

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Despite evidence for the use of community-wide campaigns to promote physical activity, few evaluations of community–wide campaigns in Hispanic communities exist. This study assessed the associations of exposur...

    Authors: Natalia I. Heredia, MinJae Lee and Belinda M. Reininger

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:883

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:922

  10. Content type: Research article

    The majority of food expenditures are made in supermarkets and this environment influences our purchasing and food intake. Breakfast cereals are frequently marketed as healthy food choices. The objective of th...

    Authors: Monique Potvin Kent, Erika Rudnicki and Crystal Usher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:877

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Dietary guidelines in France give quantitative recommendations for intake of meat, fish and dairy products whereas consumers are increasingly concerned by the environmental impacts associated with the producti...

    Authors: Sandrine Péneau, Philippine Fassier, Benjamin Allès, Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot, Serge Hercberg and Caroline Méjean

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:876

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Increasing access to healthy foods and beverages in disadvantaged communities is a public health priority due to alarmingly high rates of obesity. The Virtual Supermarket Program (VSP) is a Baltimore City Heal...

    Authors: Pooja Lagisetty, Laura Flamm, Summer Rak, Jessica Landgraf, Michele Heisler and Jane Forman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:837

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Effective strategies to improve dietary intake in young children are a priority to reduce the high prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases in adulthood. This study aimed to assess the impact of family-...

    Authors: Andrew P. Black, Katina D’Onise, Robyn McDermott, Hassan Vally and Kerin O’Dea

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:818

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    The World Health Organization has identified obesity as one of the most visible and neglected public health problems worldwide. Meta-analytic studies suggest that insufficient sleep increases the risk of devel...

    Authors: Patricia L. Haynes, Graciela E. Silva, George W. Howe, Cynthia A. Thomson, Emily A. Butler, Stuart F. Quan, Duane Sherrill, Molly Scanlon, Darlynn M. Rojo-Wissar, Devan N. Gengler and David A. Glickenstein

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:793

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Most studies of physical activity (PA) epidemiology use behaviour measured at a single time-point. We examined whether ‘PA patterns’ (consistently low, consistently high or inconsistent PA levels over time) sh...

    Authors: Adrian E. Bauman, Anne C. Grunseit, Vegar Rangul and Berit L. Heitmann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:788

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  16. Content type: Debate

    This conceptual paper aims to illustrate the ways in which communities are able to advance health improvements on a population level. Outcome measures may include increased physical activity and healthier eati...

    Authors: Sven Schneider, Katharina Diehl, Tatiana Görig, Laura Schilling, Freia De Bock, Kristina Hoffmann, Maren Albrecht, Diana Sonntag and Joachim Fischer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:760

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Obesity risk is shared between spouses, yet existing weight loss programs focus on individuals and not the marital dyad. Given the interdependence of weight in couples, weight management outcomes might be impr...

    Authors: Amy A. Gorin, Theodore A. Powers, Katelyn Gettens, Talea Cornelius, Richard Koestner, Amy R. Mobley, Linda Pescatello and Tania Huedo Medina

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:749

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Cross-sectional evidence suggests TV viewing, but not objectively-measured sedentary time or bouts of sedentary time, is consistently associated with body mass index (BMI) in adolescents. However, it is unclea...

    Authors: Elly A. Fletcher, Karen E. Lamb, Sarah A. McNaughton, Sarah P. Garnett, David W. Dunstan, Louise A. Baur and Jo Salmon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:751

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Studies suggest an association between weight change and subsequent poor physical health functioning, whereas the association with mental health functioning is inconsistent. We aimed to examine whether obesity...

    Authors: Anna Svärd, Jouni Lahti, Eira Roos, Ossi Rahkonen, Eero Lahelma, Tea Lallukka and Minna Mänty

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:744

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:816

  20. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:733

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  21. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:729

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  22. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:722

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  23. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:711

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  24. Content type: Research article

    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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:701

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  25. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:702

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have reported energy balance-related behavior (EBRB) change for peer leaders delivering health promotion programs to younger students in secondary schools. Our study assessed the impact of the Stud...

    Authors: B. C. Foley, V. A. Shrewsbury, L. L. Hardy, V. M. Flood, K. Byth and S. Shah

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:695

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  27. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:688

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  28. Content type: Research article

    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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:680

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  29. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:684

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Neglecting to take account of the underlying context or type of physical activity (PA) that underpins overall involvement has resulted in a limited understanding of adolescents’ PA participation. The purpose o...

    Authors: Margaret Lawler, Caroline Heary and Elizabeth Nixon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:661

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity (PA) improves health outcomes accumulating evidence suggests that sedentary time (ST), especially parent-reported screen-time, is associated with negative health outcomes in children. The aim...

    Authors: Daniel Berglind and Per Tynelius

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:69

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  32. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:56

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  33. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:49

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  34. Content type: Research article

    The United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals Report, 2015, documents that, since 1990, the number of stunted children in sub-Saharan Africa has increased by 33% even though it has fallen in all other world...

    Authors: Michelle M. Amaral, William E. Herrin and Grace Bulenzi Gulere

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:32

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  35. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Opal Patel, Safraj Shahulhameed, Roopa Shivashankar, Mohammad Tayyab, Atiqur Rahman, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Nikhil Tandon and Lindsay M. Jaacks

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:36

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  36. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Roberta de Oliveira Santos, Diva Aliete dos Santos Vieira, Andreia Alexandra Machado Miranda, Regina Mara Fisberg, Dirce Maria Marchioni and Valéria Troncoso Baltar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:33

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  37. Content type: Study protocol

    The prevention of overweight and obesity during infancy is a highly relevant public health topic given the significant impact of childhood obesity on acute and chronic diseases, general health, and well-being ...

    Authors: Berit Steenbock, Hajo Zeeb, Stefan Rach, Hermann Pohlabeln and Claudia R. Pischke

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:6

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  38. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: Amy S. Ha, Chris Lonsdale, David R. Lubans and Johan Y. Y. Ng

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:11

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  39. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: Michaela James, Danielle Christian, Samantha Scott, Charlotte Todd, Gareth Stratton, Sarah McCoubrey, Julian Halcox, Suzanne Audrey, Elizabeth Ellins and Sinead Brophy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 18:7

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:736

  40. Content type: Technical advance

    Traditionally, time-use data have been used to inform a broad range of economic and sociological research topics. One of the new areas in time-use research is the study of physical activity (PA) and physical a...

    Authors: J. Deyaert, T. Harms, D. Weenas, J. Gershuny and I. Glorieux

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:620

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Further collection of surveillance data is warranted, particularly in preschool populations, for optimizing future public health promotion strategies. This study aims to describe physical activity (PA) and sed...

    Authors: Niels Christian Møller, Line B. Christensen, Christian Mølgaard, Katrine T. Ejlerskov, Karin A. Pfeiffer and Kim F. Michaelsen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:613

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  42. Content type: Research article

    High food insecurity has been demonstrated in rural American Indian households, but little is known about American Indian families in urban settings or the association of food insecurity with diet for these fa...

    Authors: Emily J. Tomayko, Kathryn L. Mosso, Kate A. Cronin, Lakeesha Carmichael, KyungMann Kim, Tassy Parker, Amy L. Yaroch and Alexandra K. Adams

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:611

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity (PA) and its health benefits are a continuous point of discussion. Recommendations for children’s daily PA vary between guidelines. To better define the amount of PA necessary to prevent over...

    Authors: Phillipp Schwarzfischer, Martina Weber, Dariusz Gruszfeld, Piotr Socha, Veronica Luque, Joaquin Escribano, Annick Xhonneux, Elvira Verduci, Benedetta Mariani, Berthold Koletzko and Veit Grote

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:595

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Obesity rates in Saudi Arabia are amongst the highest in the world. It is known that teenage girls are less active than teenage boys, but less is known about the diet and activity patterns in younger girls. Th...

    Authors: Rabab Al-Kutbe, Anne Payne, Anne de Looy and Gail A. Rees

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:592

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Rates of obesity among children ages zero to five are rapidly increasing. Greater efforts are needed to promote healthy behaviors of young children. Mothers are especially important targets for promoting healt...

    Authors: Danae Dinkel, Kailey Snyder, Anastasia Kyvelidou and Victoria Molfese

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:585

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Parents are widely recognized as playing a central role in the development of child behaviors such as physical activity. As there is little agreement as to the dimensions of physical activity-related parenting...

    Authors: Louise C. Mâsse, Teresia M. O’Connor, Andrew W. Tu, Sheryl O. Hughes, Mark R. Beauchamp and Tom Baranowski

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:574

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Mixed evidence exists with respect to the association between household food insecurity (HFIS) and obesity in low-to-middle income countries (LMICs), particularly among women. This study aimed to measure socio...

    Authors: Lamis Jomaa, Farah Naja, Ruba Cheaib and Nahla Hwalla

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:567

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