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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Content type: Research article

    Controversial messages of childhood obesity emerge: Levelling off in terms of body mass index (BMI) is foiled by increases in abdominal obesity. Waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) may be used as a screening tool for...

    Authors: Eva Vorwieger, Anne Kelso, Jürgen Michael Steinacker and Dorothea Kesztyüs

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:280

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of cardiorespiratory fitness and weight status on knowledge of physical activity and fitness (PAF knowledge), attitude toward physical education (PE), and p...

    Authors: Senlin Chen and Xiangli Gu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:273

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity (PA) interventions for the promotion of weight-management may benefit from increased choice and flexibility to overcome commonly-perceived barriers to PA. The aim of this study was to investi...

    Authors: Adrian Holliday, Alice Burgin, Elyzabeth Vargas Fernandez, Sally A. M. Fenton, Frank Thielecke and Andrew K. Blannin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:261

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), shown to be associated with health benefits, is not well-characterized in preschool-aged children. MVPA is commonly described as a threshold amount to achieve. We...

    Authors: Rachel M. Ruiz, Evan C. Sommer, Dustin Tracy, Jorge A. Banda, Christina D. Economos, Megan M. JaKa, Kelly R. Evenson, Maciej S. Buchowski and Shari L. Barkin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:242

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  24. Content type: Research article

    A dearth of knowledge exists regarding how multiple health behavior changes made within an exercise prescription programme can improve health parameters. This study aimed to analyse the impact of changing diet...

    Authors: Catherine Anne Elliot and Michael John Hamlin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:230

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Active school transport (AST) is a promising strategy to increase children’s physical activity. A systematic review published in 2011 found large heterogeneity in the effectiveness of interventions in increasi...

    Authors: Richard Larouche, George Mammen, David A. Rowe and Guy Faulkner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:206

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Diagnosis with Type 2 Diabetes is an opportunity for individuals to change their physical activity and dietary behaviours. Diabetes treatment guidelines recommend theory-based, patient-centred care and advocat...

    Authors: Simon J. Sebire, Zoi Toumpakari, Katrina M. Turner, Ashley R. Cooper, Angie S. Page, Alice Malpass and Robert C. Andrews

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:204

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  27. Content type: Research article

    This study examined a) trends in overweight/obesity, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), and screen time (ST) among Czech adolescents over a 12-year study period (2002–2014) in relation to family af...

    Authors: Erik Sigmund, Petr Badura, Dagmar Sigmundová, Jaroslava Voráčová, Jiří Zacpal, Michal Kalman, Jan Pavelka, Jana Vokacová, Vladimír Jr Hobza and Zdenek Hamrik

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:122

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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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

  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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

  47. 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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