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Energy balance-related behaviors

Section edited by Richard Rosenkranz, Dianne Stanton Ward, Carol Maher, Marc Adams and 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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Content type: Debate

    It is well known that physical activity and exercise is associated with a lower risk of a range of morbidities and all-cause mortality. Further, it appears that risk reductions are greater when physical activi...

    Authors: James Steele, James Fisher, Martin Skivington, Chris Dunn, Josh Arnold, Garry Tew, Alan M. Batterham, David Nunan, Jamie M. O’Driscoll, Steven Mann, Chris Beedie, Simon Jobson, Dave Smith, Andrew Vigotsky, Stuart Phillips, Paul Estabrooks…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:300

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  8. 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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  9. Content type: Research article

    Emerging interventions that rely on and harness variability in behavior to adapt to individual performance over time may outperform interventions that prescribe static goals (e.g., 10,000 steps/day). The purpo...

    Authors: Marc A. Adams, Jane C. Hurley, Michael Todd, Nishat Bhuiyan, Catherine L. Jarrett, Wesley J. Tucker, Kevin E. Hollingshead and Siddhartha S. Angadi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:286

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:303

  10. Content type: Research article

    Preschool children can spend up to 12 h a day in sedentary time and few meet current recommendations for screen time. Little is known about ecological correlates that could be targeted to decrease specific ver...

    Authors: Katherine L Downing, Trina Hinkley, Jo Salmon, Jill A Hnatiuk and Kylie D Hesketh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:285

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:367

  11. Content type: Research article

    Data regarding associations among physical activity (PA) level, body composition, and prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in Asian populations are rare.

    Authors: Gwang-Sil Kim, Eui Im and Ji-Hyuck Rhee

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:275

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Skipping breakfast was found to be associated with abdominal obesity in primary school children. The aim of this research was to examine factors associated with skipping breakfast in primary school children in...

    Authors: Dorothea Kesztyüs, Meike Traub, Romy Lauer, Tibor Kesztyüs and Jürgen Michael Steinacker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:258

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Low physical activity (PA) and fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption in early childhood are continued public health challenges. This manuscript describes outcomes from two pilot studies for Sustainability via ...

    Authors: Rebecca E. Lee, Nathan H. Parker, Erica G. Soltero, Tracey A. Ledoux, Scherezade K. Mama and Lorna McNeill

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:242

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Since 2009, the green Keyhole symbol has been a joint Nordic initiative for signalling healthfulness of specific food products. In 2014, the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries carried out a cam...

    Authors: Trine Mørk, Klaus G. Grunert, Morten Fenger, Hans Jørn Juhl and George Tsalis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:239

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) may contribute to the development of overweight among children. The present study aimed to evaluate associations between family and home-related factors and c...

    Authors: V. M. van de Gaar, A. van Grieken, W. Jansen and H. Raat

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:195

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  16. Content type: Study protocol

    Limited evidence exists to inform physical activity (PA) and sedentary behavior guidelines for older people, especially women. Rigorous evidence on the amounts, intensities, and movement patterns associated wi...

    Authors: Andrea Z. LaCroix, Eileen Rillamas-Sun, David Buchner, Kelly R. Evenson, Chongzhi Di, I-Min Lee, Steve Marshall, Michael J. LaMonte, Julie Hunt, Lesley Fels Tinker, Marcia Stefanick, Cora E. Lewis, John Bellettiere and Amy H. Herring

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:192

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Determining the most important demographic correlates of sedentary behavior and physical activity will help identify the groups of children that are most in need of intervention. Little is known in regards to ...

    Authors: Valerie Carson and Nicholas Kuzik

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:187

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Weight loss in individuals at high risk of diabetes is an effective prevention method and a major component of the currently prevailing diabetes prevention strategies. The aim of the present study was to inves...

    Authors: Adina L. Feldman, Simon J. Griffin, Amy L. Ahern, Grainne H. Long, Lars Weinehall, Eva Fhärm, Margareta Norberg and Patrik Wennberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:170

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Extensive work has focused on the effects of nutrition label information on consumer behavior on the one hand, and on the effects of packaging graphics on the other hand. However, little work has examined how ...

    Authors: Aner Tal, Stina Niemann and Brian Wansink

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:169

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:268

  20. Content type: Research article

    Despite the high prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity enrolment to weight management programs remains difficult, time consuming, costly and has limited effectiveness. The aim of this paper was to exp...

    Authors: Kamila Davidson and Helen Vidgen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:159

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence, characteristics, and trends in obesity, overweight, and malnutrition among children and adolescents in 2010 and 2014 in Shenyang, China was described.

    Authors: Lingling Zhai, Youdan Dong, Yinglong Bai, Wei Wei and Lihong Jia

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:151

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Recruitment of participants with obesity is a real challenge. To reduce time and costs in similar projects, we investigated various recruiting strategies used in a longitudinal family study with respect to the...

    Authors: Sarah Bergmann, Anja Keitel-Korndörfer, Katharina Herfurth-Majstorovic, Verena Wendt, Annette M. Klein, Kai von Klitzing and Matthias Grube

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:145

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  23. Content type: Research article

    In children, abdominal obesity is a better predictor of the presence of cardiovascular risk factors than body mass index (BMI)-defined obesity. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence of abdominal obesity in the G...

    Authors: Maria Hassapidou, Themistoklis Tzotzas, Evangelia Makri, Ioannis Pagkalos, Ioannis Kaklamanos, Efthymios Kapantais, Annet Abrahamian, Antonis Polymeris and Konstantinos Tziomalos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:126

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Tens of millions of children regularly participate in out-of-school-time (OST) programs, providing an opportunity for child health promotion. Most research on OST has focused on structured, staff-led after-sch...

    Authors: Christina D. Economos, Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, Alyssa H. Koomas, Grace Chan, Sara C. Folta, Julianne Heck, Molly Newman and Jennifer M. Sacheck

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:125

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Evidence suggests that family meals influence food intakes and behaviours, which in turn impact children’s eating habits, diets and health. Mealtimes therefore offer potential as settings for health promotion....

    Authors: Eloise-kate V. Litterbach, Karen J. Campbell and Alison C. Spence

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:111

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  26. Content type: Study protocol

    Obesity and other nutrition-related chronic disease rates are high in American Indian (AI) populations, and an urgent need exists to identify evidence-based strategies for prevention and treatment. Multi-level...

    Authors: Joel Gittelsohn, Brittany Jock, Leslie Redmond, Sheila Fleischhacker, Thomas Eckmann, Sara N. Bleich, Hong Loh, Elizabeth Ogburn, Preety Gadhoke, Jacqueline Swartz, Marla Pardilla and Benjamin Caballero

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:105

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Reducing sedentary behaviour may have important health implications. This study evaluated the potential enablers and barriers for outcomes of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) designed to evaluate a pragmati...

    Authors: Stuart J. H. Biddle, Charlotte L. Edwardson, Trish Gorely, Emma G. Wilmot, Thomas Yates, Myra A. Nimmo, Kamlesh Khunti and Melanie J. Davies

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:80

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this population-based, large sample size study was to investigate the socioeconomic inequality of overweight and obesity among the elderly in Iran.

    Authors: Alireza Raeisi, Mohammadbagher Mehboudi, Hossein Darabi, Iraj Nabipour, Bagher Larijani, Neda Mehrdad, Ramin Heshmat, Gita Shafiee, Farshad Sharifi and Afshin Ostovar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:72

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Low level of physical activity (PA) has become an important public health problem even in low-income countries. The objectives of this study were to measure PA levels, determine the prevalence of low PA and id...

    Authors: Mohammad Moniruzzaman, M. S. A. Mansur Ahmed and Mohammad Mostafa Zaman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:59

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Nutritional status of pre adolescent children is not widely studied in Sri Lanka. The purpose of this study was to determine the nutritional status among pre-adolescent school children in a rural province of S...

    Authors: N. P. G. C. R. Naotunna, M. Dayarathna, H. Maheshi, G. S. Amarasinghe, V. S. Kithmini, M. Rathnayaka, L. Premachandra, N. Premarathna, P. C. Rajasinghe, G. Wijewardana, T. C. Agampodi and S. B. Agampodi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:57

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Whether not meeting common guidelines for lifestyle behaviours is associated with weight gain is uncertain. This study examined whether 5-year weight gain was predicted by not meeting guidelines for: breakfast...

    Authors: Kylie J. Smith, Seana L. Gall, Sarah A. McNaughton, Verity J. Cleland, Petr Otahal, Terence Dwyer and Alison J. Venn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:54

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The objective of the present study was to evaluate the short- and long-term intervention and mediation effects of a 3-month individualized need-supportive physical activity (PA) counseling intervention on empl...

    Authors: Anass Arrogi, Astrid Schotte, An Bogaerts, Filip Boen and Jan Seghers

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:52

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The workplace has been identified as a priority setting to positively influence individuals’ dietary behaviours. However, a dearth of evidence exists regarding the costs of implementing and delivering workplac...

    Authors: Sarah Fitzgerald, Ann Kirby, Aileen Murphy, Fiona Geaney and Ivan J. Perry

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:49

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Globally, more than two billion people are at risk of iodine deficiency disorders, 32% of which are school children. Iodine deficiency has been recognized as a severe public health concern in Ethiopia, however...

    Authors: Zegeye Abebe, Ejigu Gebeye and Amare Tariku

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:44

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The frequency of intake of food and beverages depends on a number of ill-defined behaviour patterns. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effects of screen time and sleep duration on food consumpt...

    Authors: Napoleón Pérez-Farinós, Carmen Villar-Villalba, Ana María López Sobaler, María Ángeles Dal Re Saavedra, Aránzazu Aparicio, Sara Santos Sanz, Teresa Robledo de Dios, José Javier Castrodeza-Sanz and Rosa María Ortega Anta

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:33

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    Benefits of physical activity in the management of diabetes are well documented. However, evidence on the effectiveness of interventions integrating physical activity in diabetes care is sparse especially in t...

    Authors: Thamra S. Alghafri, Saud M. Alharthi, Yahya M. Al-Farsi, Angela M. Craigie, Maureen Mcleod and Annie S. Anderson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:28

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Obesity has become a global epidemic. The prevalence of obesity has also increased in the South Asian region in the last decade. However, dietary and lifestyle factors associated with obesity in Sri Lankan adu...

    Authors: N. W. I. A. Jayawardana, W. A. T. A. Jayalath, W. M. T. Madhujith, U. Ralapanawa, R. S. Jayasekera, S. A. S. B. Alagiyawanna, A. M. K. R. Bandara and N. S. Kalupahana

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:27

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Adolescent obesity is prevalent in Pacific region ethnic groups (European, Melanesian and Polynesian) living in both urban and rural areas. Although body perception is an important factor of weight gain or los...

    Authors: Stéphane Frayon, Sophie Cherrier, Yolande Cavaloc, Guillaume Wattelez, Amandine Touitou, Paul Zongo, Kalina Yacef, Corinne Caillaud, Yannick Lerrant and Olivier Galy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:25

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  39. Content type: Research article

    This study investigated the association of travel mode to school and non-school destinations with objectively assessed health markers and physical activity in an ethnically diverse sample of inner-city UK scho...

    Authors: Lee Smith, Daniel Aggio and Mark Hamer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:13

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Increasing physical activity in children is an important public health goal in India. Schools may be a target for physical activity promotion, but little is known about outdoor school environments. The purpose...

    Authors: Samiksha Tarun, Monika Arora, Tina Rawal and Sara E. Benjamin Neelon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:11

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  41. Content type: Study protocol

    Recent technological advances provide an alternative yet underutilised opportunity for promoting physical activity in youth. The primary aim of the Raising Awareness of Physical Activity (RAW-PA) Study is to e...

    Authors: Nicola D. Ridgers, Anna Timperio, Helen Brown, Kylie Ball, Susie Macfarlane, Samuel K. Lai, Kara Richards, Winsfred Ngan and Jo Salmon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:6

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  42. Content type: Research article

    In many low and middle income countries (LMICs), the distribution of adulthood nutritional imbalance is shifting from a predominance of undernutrition to overnutrition. This complex problem poses a huge challe...

    Authors: Richard Ofori-Asenso, Akosua Adom Agyeman, Amos Laar and Daniel Boateng

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1239

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Observational studies and meta-analyses relating milk consumption by adults to all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease and stroke have obtained contradictory results. Some studies found a protective effect...

    Authors: Patrick Mullie, Cécile Pizot and Philippe Autier

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1236

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Accelerometers can obtain precise measurements of movements during the day. However, the individual activity pattern varies from day-to-day and there is limited evidence on measurement days needed to obtain su...

    Authors: E. S. L. Pedersen, I. H. Danquah, C. B. Petersen and J. S. Tolstrup

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1222

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The aim was to describe secular trends in leisure time physical activity (LTPA) and work related physical activity (WPA) from 1979 to 2008. Additionally, we explored potential cross-sectional and longitudinal ...

    Authors: Bente Morseth, Bjarne K. Jacobsen, Nina Emaus, Tom Wilsgaard and Lone Jørgensen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1215

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  46. Content type: Research article

    It is imperative to track dietary quality and progress in nutritional outcomes in a population to develop timely interventions. Dietary diversity is a commonly used proxy to assess dietary quality in low-incom...

    Authors: Abdulhalik Workicho, Tefera Belachew, Garumma Tolu Feyissa, Beyene Wondafrash, Carl Lachat, Roosmarijn Verstraeten and Patrick Kolsteren

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1192

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Parents play an important role in providing their children with social support for healthy eating and physical activity. However, different types of social support (e.g., instrumental, emotional, modeling, rul...

    Authors: Natalia I. Heredia, Nalini Ranjit, Judith L. Warren and Alexandra E. Evans

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1182

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Perception of undesirable features may inhibit built environment use for physical activity among underserved families with children at risk for obesity.

    Authors: William J. Heerman, Stephanie J. Mitchell, Jessica Thompson, Nina C. Martin, Evan C. Sommer, Margaret van Bakergem, Julie Lounds Taylor, Maciej S. Buchowski and Shari L. Barkin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1180

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