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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: 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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

  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. Content type: Research article

    Due to a worldwide increase in overweight and obesity, weight-management through lifestyle changes has become an important public health issue. Adolescents and young adults comprise a vulnerable group. The tra...

    Authors: Anne-Sofie Sand, Nina Emaus and Olaug S. Lian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:417

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  29. Content type: Study protocol

    MINI SALTEN is a program developed to increase moderate to vigorous physical activity (PA) and improve eating habits at home and school in first grade children. It aims to assess the effects of a technology fa...

    Authors: Irina Kovalskys, Cecile Rausch Herscovici, Paula Indart Rougier, María José De Gregorio, Luciana Zonis and Liliana Orellana

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:401

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Reducing automobile dependence and improving rates of active transport may reduce the impact of obesogenic environments, thereby decreasing population prevalence of obesity and other diseases where physical in...

    Authors: V. Brown, M. Moodie, L. Cobiac, A. M. Mantilla Herrera and R. Carter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:359

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Office workers demonstrate high levels of sitting on workdays. As sitting is positively associated with adverse health risks in adults, a theory-driven web-based computer-tailored intervention to influence wor...

    Authors: Katrien De Cocker, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Greet Cardon and Corneel Vandelanotte

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:382

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  32. Content type: Research article

    In children, being sufficiently physically active, having low levels of screen-time and having a healthy diet are largely influenced by parenting practices. Children of parents applying positive parenting prac...

    Authors: Sara De Lepeleere, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Greet Cardon and Maïté Verloigne

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:366

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Understanding which factors influence participation in physical activity is important to improve the public health. The aim of the present review of reviews was to summarize and present updated evidence on per...

    Authors: Jaesung Choi, Miyoung Lee, Jong-koo Lee, Daehee Kang and Ji-Yeob Choi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:356

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Very few studies have explored the effects of age, time period, and cohort in association with biological, behavioral, economic, and environmental factors predictors on physical activity (PA) and sedentary beh...

    Authors: Xinping Wei, Yu Zang, Xiaodong Jia, Xiangui He, Shurong Zou, Hui Wang, Meihua Shen and Jiajie Zang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:353

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have evaluated the effect of adherence to a lifestyle intervention on adolescent health outcomes. The objective of this study was to determine whether adolescent and parental adherence to component...

    Authors: Andrew W. Tu, Allison W. Watts, Jean-Pierre Chanoine, Constadina Panagiotopoulos, Josie Geller, Rollin Brant, Susan I. Barr and Louise Mâsse

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:352

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Childhood obesity is increasing all over the world. Food insecurity is mentioned as a possible risk factor; however, previous studies have led to inconsistent results in different societies while data are lack...

    Authors: Fateme Jafari, Simin Ehsani, Azadeh Nadjarzadeh, Ahmad Esmaillzadeh, Mahmood Noori-Shadkam and Amin Salehi-Abargouei

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:350

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Lower levels of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness are key risk factors of chronic adult diseases. Physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness are predicted by birth weight, but the underlying...

    Authors: Marjaana Tikanmäki, Tuija Tammelin, Marja Vääräsmäki, Marika Sipola-Leppänen, Satu Miettola, Anneli Pouta, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin and Eero Kajantie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:346

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Family involvement is an essential component of effective physical activity (PA) interventions in children. However, little is known about the PA levels and characteristics of PA among families. This study use...

    Authors: Robert J. Noonan, Stuart J. Fairclough, Zoe R. Knowles and Lynne M. Boddy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:330

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  39. Content type: Research article

    It is vital to reduce the proportion of sedentary behavior in children. Understanding the duration and behavioral context is needed. The present study examined school-grade and sex differences in domain-specif...

    Authors: Kaori Ishii, Ai Shibata, Minoru Adachi, Yoshiyuki Mano and Koichiro Oka

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:318

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Nutrition clubs (NC) operate in community settings and provide members with nutrition education and meal replacements for weight management. NC are owned and operated by distributors of Herbalife products. The...

    Authors: Sai Krupa Das, Taylor A. Vail, Namibia Lebrón-Torres, Kara A. Livingston, Susan B. Roberts, Gail T. Rogers, Cheryl H. Gilhooly, Lorien E. Urban, Edward Saltzman, Nicola M. McKeown and Sara C. Folta

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:310

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Maternal obesity increases women’s risk of poor birth outcomes, and statistics show that Pakistani and Bangladeshi women (who are born or settled) in the UK experience higher rates of perinatal mortality and c...

    Authors: Rebecca Garcia, Nasreen Ali, Andy Guppy, Malcolm Griffiths and Gurch Randhawa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:308

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    Childhood obesity persists in the United States and is associated with serious health problems. Higher rates of obesity among children from disadvantaged households may be, in part, attributable to disparities...

    Authors: Rebecca A. Seguin, Emily H. Morgan, Karla L. Hanson, Alice S. Ammerman, Stephanie B. Jilcott Pitts, Jane Kolodinsky, Marilyn Sitaker, Florence A. Becot, Leah M. Connor, Jennifer A. Garner and Jared T. McGuirt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:306

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  43. Content type: Research article

    We aimed to simplify information from food frequency questionnaires (FFQs) in a single parameter that allows for rapid identification of quality of patient diet and its relationship to cardiovascular risk and ...

    Authors: Carmela Rodríguez-Martin, Rosario Alonso-Domínguez, María C Patino-Alonso, Manuel A Gómez-Marcos, José A Maderuelo-Fernández, Carlos Martin-Cantera, Luis García-Ortiz and José I. Recio-Rodríguez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:305

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Consumption of sugars-sweetened beverages (SSB) increases energy intake and the risk of obesity. Large packages increase consumption of food, implying that smaller bottle sizes may help curb SSB consumption, b...

    Authors: Eleni Mantzari, Gareth J. Hollands, Rachel Pechey, Susan Jebb and Theresa M. Marteau

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:304

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  45. Content type: Research article

    This observational study aims to describe fitness, and objectively measured physical activity levels and patterns in 409 young black South African adults (aged 19–20 years) from Soweto, as well as to examine a...

    Authors: A. Prioreschi, S. Brage, K. Westgate, S. A. Norris and L. K. Micklesfield

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:301

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The ubiquitous supply of junk foods in our food environment has been partly blamed for the increased rates in overweight and obesity. However, consumption of these foods has generally been examined individuall...

    Authors: S Boylan, L. L. Hardy, B. A. Drayton, A. Grunseit and S. Mihrshahi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:299

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