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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: 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. Content type: Research article

    Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health (PEACH™) is a multicomponent treatment program delivered over ten group sessions to parents of overweight/obese primary school-aged children. It has been shown t...

    Authors: Susan L. Williams, Wendy Van Lippevelde, Anthea Magarey, Carly J. Moores, Debbie Croyden, Emma Esdaile and Lynne Daniels

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:559

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  29. Content type: Research article

    There is some evidence to suggest that dog ownership may improve physical activity (PA) among older adults, but to date, studies examining this, have either depended on self-report or incomplete datasets due t...

    Authors: Philippa Margaret Dall, Sarah Lesley Helen Ellis, Brian Martin Ellis, P Margaret Grant, Alison Colyer, Nancy Renee Gee, Malcolm Howard Granat and Daniel Simon Mills

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:496

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The physical school environment is a promising setting to increase children’s physical activity although robust evidence is sparse. We examined the effects of major playground reconstruction on physical activi...

    Authors: Mark Hamer, Daniel Aggio, Georgina Knock, Courtney Kipps, Aparna Shankar and Lee Smith

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:552

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have examined parental perceptions of their child’s screen-viewing (SV) within the context of parental SV time. This study qualitatively examined parents’ perceptions of their 5–6-year-old child’s ...

    Authors: Janice L. Thompson, Simon J. Sebire, Joanna M. Kesten, Jesmond Zahra, Mark Edwards, Emma Solomon-Moore and Russell Jago

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:471

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Screen-time and eating behaviours are associated in adolescents, but few studies have examined the clustering of these health behaviours in this age group. The identification of clustered health behaviours, an...

    Authors: Natalie Pearson, Paula Griffiths, Stuart JH Biddle, Julie P Johnston, Sonia McGeorge and Emma Haycraft

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:533

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Education outside the classroom (EOtC) is a curriculum-based approach to teaching that has shown positive associations with children’s physical activity and academic learning in small-scale case studies. The p...

    Authors: Mikkel Bo Schneller, Scott Duncan, Jasper Schipperijn, Glen Nielsen, Erik Mygind and Peter Bentsen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:523

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    Most people do not engage in sufficient physical activity to confer health benefits and to reduce risk of chronic disease. Healthcare professionals frequently provide guidance on physical activity, but often d...

    Authors: Dominika Kwasnicka, Corneel Vandelanotte, Amanda Rebar, Benjamin Gardner, Camille Short, Mitch Duncan, Dawn Crook and Martin S. Hagger

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:518

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Co-participation in physical activity may be a useful strategy for increasing physical activity in mothers and their young children, yet little empirical evidence exists on this topic for young families. This ...

    Authors: Jill A. Hnatiuk, Ellen DeDecker, Kylie D. Hesketh and Greet Cardon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:506

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Sleep is an essential component of healthy cognitive and physical development. Lack of sleep may put children at risk for a variety of mental and physical health outcomes, including overweight, obesity and rel...

    Authors: Evelyn Pyper, Daniel Harrington and Heather Manson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:432

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  37. Content type: Debate

    In Australia people with a diagnosed chronic condition can be managed on unique funded care plans that allow the recruitment of a multidisciplinary team to assist in setting treatment goals and adequate follow...

    Authors: C. A. Opie, H. M. Haines, K. E. Ervin, K. Glenister and D. Pierce

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:500

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Few data are available on dual burden of under and over nutrition of children in the Pacific region. The objective was to examine prevalence of stunting at birth and current stunting and their relationship to ...

    Authors: Rachel Novotny, Fenfang Li, Rachael Leon Guerrero, Patricia Coleman, Aifili J. Tufa, Andrea Bersamin, Jonathan Deenik and Lynne R Wilkens

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:483

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Unhealthy eating and lack of exercise during adolescence culminated into earlier onset and increasing burden of atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) worldwide. Among urban Indian adolescents, prevale...

    Authors: Soumitra Kumar, Saumitra Ray, Debabrata Roy, Kajal Ganguly, Sibananda Dutta, Tanmay Mahapatra, Sanchita Mahapatra, Kinnori Gupta, Kaushik Chakraborty, Mrinal Kanti Das, Santanu Guha, Pradip K. Deb and Amal K. Banerjee

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:468

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Chronic diseases are high in truck drivers and have been linked to work routines that promote inactivity and poor diets. This feasibility study examined the extent to which an m-Health financial incentives pro...

    Authors: Nicholas D. Gilson, Toby G Pavey, Olivia RL Wright, Corneel Vandelanotte, Mitch J Duncan, Sjaan Gomersall, Stewart G. Trost and Wendy J. Brown

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:467

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Promoting walking for the journey to/from work and during the working day is one potential approach to increase physical activity in adults. Walking Works was a practice-led, whole-workplace walking programme ...

    Authors: Emma J. Adams, Anna E. Chalkley, Dale W. Esliger and Lauren B. Sherar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:466

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have assessed the predictors of changes in commuting. This study investigated the associations between physical environmental characteristics and changes in active commuting.

    Authors: Lin Yang, Simon Griffin, Kay-Tee Khaw, Nick Wareham and Jenna Panter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:458

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:839

  43. Content type: Research article

    Although ‘unhealthy’ diet is a well-known risk factor for non-communicable diseases, its relationship with socio-economic status (SES) has not been fully investigated. Moreover, the available research has larg...

    Authors: Taru Manyanga, Mark S. Tremblay, Jean-Philippe Chaput, Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Mikael Fogelholm, Gang Hu, Rebecca Kuriyan, Anura Kurpad, Estelle V. Lambert, Carol Maher, Jose Maia, Victor Matsudo, Timothy Olds, Vincent Onywera, Olga L. Sarmiento, Martyn Standage…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:457

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies have suggested that food preference is a good indicator of actual food intake and that sedentary activity preference is a significant predictor of lower physical activity level. But no studies...

    Authors: Junmin Zhou, Denise H Britigan, Shireen S. Rajaram, Hongmei Wang and Dejun Su

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:451

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  45. Content type: Research Article

    Use of ultra-processed foods has expanded rapidly over the last decades and high consumption has been positively associated with risk of e.g. overweight, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Ultra-processed foods offe...

    Authors: Ingrid Laukeland Djupegot, Camilla Bengtson Nenseth, Elling Bere, Helga Birgit Torgeirsdotter Bjørnarå, Sissel Heidi Helland, Nina Cecilie Øverby, Monica Klungland Torstveit and Tonje Holte Stea

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:447

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Micronutrient malnutrition affects the well-being of both adults and children. Dietary diversity score (DDS) is a useful evaluation index with a relatively well-developed guideline by FAO. It’s meaningful to a...

    Authors: Wenzhi Zhao, Kai Yu, Shengjie Tan, Yingdong Zheng, Ai Zhao, Peiyu Wang and Yumei Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:440

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