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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    The built environment plays a critical role in promoting physical activity and health. The association between parks, as a key attribute of the built environment, and physical activity, however, remains inconc...

    Authors: Terry T. K. Huang, Katarzyna E. Wyka, Emily B. Ferris, Jennifer Gardner, Kelly R. Evenson, Devanshi Tripathi, Gabriel Martinez Soto, Matthew S. Cato, Jon Moon, Julia Wagner, Joan M. Dorn, Diane J. Catellier and Lorna E. Thorpe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1160

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  12. Content type: Study protocol

    Reducing sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) intake is an important dietary target among underserved children at high risk for obesity and associated morbidities. Community-based approaches to reduce SSB intake are...

    Authors: Monica L. Wang, Stephenie C. Lemon, Kristian Clausen, Julie Whyte and Milagros C. Rosal

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1150

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Overweight and obesity are on the rise in developing countries including sub-Saharan Africa. We undertook a four-country survey to show the collective burden of these health conditions as they occur currently ...

    Authors: IkeOluwapo O. Ajayi, Clement Adebamowo, Hans-Olov Adami, Shona Dalal, Megan B. Diamond, Francis Bajunirwe, David Guwatudde, Marina Njelekela, Joan Nankya-Mutyoba, Faraja S. Chiwanga, Jimmy Volmink, Robert Kalyesubula, Carien Laurence, Todd G. Reid, Douglas Dockery, David Hemenway…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1126

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The start of retirement is an important stage in an (older) adult’s life and can affect physical activity (PA) and/or sedentary behaviors, making it an ideal period to implement health interventions. To identi...

    Authors: Delfien Van Dyck, Greet Cardon and Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1125

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Evidence shows that prolonged sitting is associated with an increased risk of mortality, independent of physical activity (PA). The aim of the study was to identify correlates of sedentary time (ST) in differe...

    Authors: Claire M. Bernaards, Vincent H. Hildebrandt and Ingrid J. M. Hendriksen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1121

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  16. Content type: Research article

    In 2011, the UK physical activity guidelines were updated to include recommendations for muscle strengthening and balance & coordination (at least two sessions of relevant activities per week). However, monito...

    Authors: Tessa Strain, Claire Fitzsimons, Paul Kelly and Nanette Mutrie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1108

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    The purpose of the FABO-study is to evaluate the effect of family-based behavioral social facilitation treatment (FBSFT), designed to target children’s family and social support networks to enhance weight loss...

    Authors: Hanna F. Skjåkødegård, Yngvild S. Danielsen, Mette Morken, Sara-Rebekka F. Linde, Rachel P. Kolko, Katherine N. Balantekin, Denise E. Wilfley and Pétur B. Júlíusson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1106

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Providing large-scale descriptive data of objectively measured physical activity in youth is informative for practitioners, epidemiologists, and researchers. The purpose of this study was to present the pedome...

    Authors: Noritoshi Fukushima, Shigeru Inoue, Yuki Hikihara, Hiroyuki Kikuchi, Hiroki Sato, Catrine Tudor-Locke and Shigeho Tanaka

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1104

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  19. Content type: Research article

    No previous study has explored the interactions between education and lifestyle in relation to obesity. This study hypothesized that education may be obesogenic through its interplay with lifestyle behaviors.

    Authors: Woojin Chung, Sunmi Lee, Seung-ji Lim and Jaeyeun Kim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1100

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  20. Content type: Study protocol

    Participation in regular physical activity (PA) during the early years helps children achieve healthy body weight and can substantially improve motor development, bone health, psychosocial health and cognitive...

    Authors: Rebecca M. Stanley, Rachel A. Jones, Dylan P. Cliff, Stewart G. Trost, Donna Berthelsen, Jo Salmon, Marijka Batterham, Simon Eckermann, John J. Reilly, Ngiare Brown, Karen J. Mickle, Steven J. Howard, Trina Hinkley, Xanne Janssen, Paul Chandler, Penny Cross…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1095

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  21. Content type: Study protocol

    In light of the high prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity, there is a need of developing effective prevention programs to address the rising prevalence and the concomitant health consequences. The ma...

    Authors: Tonje Holte Stea, Tommy Haugen, Sveinung Berntsen, Vigdis Guttormsen, Nina Cecilie Øverby, Kristin Haraldstad, Eivind Meland and Eirik Abildsnes

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1092

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Malaysians have become increasingly obese over recent years. The transition from adolescence to early adulthood is recognized as critical for the development of eating and activity habits. However, little obes...

    Authors: Christopher Pell, Pascale Allotey, Natalie Evans, Anita Hardon, Johanna D. Imelda, Ireneous Soyiri and Daniel D. Reidpath

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1082

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  23. Content type: Research article

    CVD risk factors (hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes) and MetS are closely related to obesity. The selection of an optimal cut-off for various obesity indices is particularly important to predict CVD risk...

    Authors: Jianxing Yu, Yuchun Tao, Yuhui Tao, Sen Yang, Yaqin Yu, Bo Li and Lina Jin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1079

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Almost half of young children do not achieve minimum recommendations of 60 daily minutes in physical activity. Physical activity is potentially an important determinant of the development of motor competence i...

    Authors: Lisa M. Barnett, Jo Salmon and Kylie D. Hesketh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1068

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Sedentary behaviour has been associated with obesity and related chronic diseases. Disentangling the nature of this association is complicated due to interactions with other lifestyle factors, such as dietary ...

    Authors: Sofie Compernolle, Katrien De Cocker, Pedro J. Teixeira, Jean-Michel Oppert, Célina Roda, Joreintje D. Mackenbach, Jeroen Lakerveld, Martin McKee, Ketevan Glonti, Harry Rutter, Helga Bardos, Greet Cardon and Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1057

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Current understanding of population physical activity (PA) levels and sedentary behaviour in developing countries is limited, and based primarily on self-report. We described PA levels using objective and self...

    Authors: Christina Howitt, Soren Brage, Ian R. Hambleton, Kate Westgate, T. Alafia Samuels, Angela MC Rose and Nigel Unwin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1036

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Understanding views about what constitutes a healthy diet in diverse populations may inform design of culturally tailored behavior change interventions. The objective of this study was to describe perspectives...

    Authors: Jinan C. Banna, Betsy Gilliland, Margaret Keefe and Dongping Zheng

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1015

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Effective treatment and prevention of obesity and its co-morbidities requires the recognition and understanding of cultural and social aspects of eating practices. The objective of the present study was to ide...

    Authors: María C. Caamaño, Dolores Ronquillo, Riko Kimoto, Olga P. García, Kurt Z. Long and Jorge L. Rosado

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1014

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Due to the large mortality from inactivity-related non-communicable diseases in low- and middle- income countries, accurate assessment of physical activity is important for surveillance, monitoring and underst...

    Authors: Adewale L. Oyeyemi, Sarah J. Moss, Makama A. Monyeki and Herculina S. Kruger

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1004

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The dramatic rise in Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) in the oil-producing countries of the Arabian Peninsula is driven in part by insufficient physical activity, one of the five main contributors to health risk...

    Authors: Ruth Mabry, Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Fiona Bull and Neville Owen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1003

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The neighbourhood environment may play an important role in diet quality. Most previous research has examined the associations between neighbourhood food environment and diet quality, and neighbourhood socioec...

    Authors: Maria McInerney, Ilona Csizmadi, Christine M. Friedenreich, Francisco Alaniz Uribe, Alberto Nettel-Aguirre, Lindsay McLaren, Melissa Potestio, Beverly Sandalack and Gavin R. McCormack

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:984

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Short instruments measuring frequency of specific foods, such as fruit and vegetable (FV), are increasingly used in interventions. The objective of the study was to verify the validity and test-retest reliabil...

    Authors: Lydi-Anne Vézina-Im, Gaston Godin, Charles Couillard, Julie Perron, Simone Lemieux and Julie Robitaille

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:982

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about use of goal setting and tracking tools within online programs to support nutrition and physical activity behaviour change. In 2011, Dietitians of Canada added “My Goals,” a nutrition and ...

    Authors: Jessica R. L. Lieffers, Helen Haresign, Christine Mehling and Rhona M. Hanning

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:978

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Substantial evidence indicates that children’s physical fitness levels are markers of their lifestyles and their cardio-metabolic health profile and are predictors of the future risk of chronic diseases such a...

    Authors: Jeison Alexander Ramos-Sepúlveda, Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, Jorge Enrique Correa-Bautista, Mikel Izquierdo and Antonio García-Hermoso

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:962

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Converging international evidence suggests that diabetes incidence is lower among adults living in more walkable neighbourhoods. The association between walkability and physical activity (PA), the presumed med...

    Authors: Samantha Hajna, Yan Kestens, Stella S. Daskalopoulou, Lawrence Joseph, Benoit Thierry, Mark Sherman, Luc Trudeau, Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret, Leslie Meissner, Simon L. Bacon, Lise Gauvin, Nancy A. Ross and Kaberi Dasgupta

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:957

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    Overweight and obesity are prevalent among young women and are greater among minority and low-income women. The postpartum period is critical in women’s weight trajectories as many women do not lose their preg...

    Authors: Milagros C. Rosal, Christina F. Haughton, Barbara B. Estabrook, Monica L. Wang, Germán Chiriboga, Oahn H. T. Nguyen, Sharina D. Person and Stephenie C. Lemon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:953

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  37. Content type: Research article

    To analyze the factors associated with regular physical exercise and routine consumption of fruits and vegetables, and both healthy behaviors among Mexican older adults.

    Authors: Svetlana V. Doubova, Sergio Sánchez-García, Claudia Infante-Castañeda and Ricardo Pérez-Cuevas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:952

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Toddlerhood is an important age for physical activity (PA) promotion to prevent obesity and support a physically active lifestyle throughout childhood. Accurate assessment of PA is needed to determine trends/c...

    Authors: Erin R. Hager, Candice E. Gormley, Laura W. Latta, Margarita S. Treuth, Laura E. Caulfield and Maureen M. Black

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:936

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    The implementation of physical activity interventions in centre-based childcare services has been recommended to improve child health. This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of scheduling multiple periods of...

    Authors: Luke Wolfenden, John Wiggers, Philip Morgan, Lubna Abdul Razak, Jannah Jones, Meghan Finch, Rachel Sutherland, Christophe Lecathelinais, Karen Gillham and Sze Lin Yoong

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:926

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Regular physical activity (PA) confers many positive effects on health and well-being. Sedentary behavior (SB), in turn, is a risk factor for health, regardless of the level of moderate to vigorous PA. The pre...

    Authors: Pauliina Husu, Jaana Suni, Henri Vähä-Ypyä, Harri Sievänen, Kari Tokola, Heli Valkeinen, Tomi Mäki-Opas and Tommi Vasankari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:920

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Asthma and obesity are highly prevalent in children, and are interrelated resulting in a difficult-to-treat asthma-obesity phenotype. The exact underlying mechanisms of this phenotype remain unclear, but decre...

    Authors: Maartje Willeboordse, Kim D. G. van de Kant, Charlotte A. van der Velden, Constant P. van Schayck and Edward Dompeling

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:919

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Female university students are at risk for weight gain and use of inappropriate weight-loss strategies. By gaining a greater understanding of the weight-loss strategies used by and weight management related ch...

    Authors: Marjanne Senekal, Gabrielle L. Lasker, Lindsay van Velden, Ria Laubscher and Norman J. Temple

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:918

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  43. Content type: Study protocol

    The transition from the home to college is a phase in which emerging adults shift toward more unhealthy eating and physical activity patterns, higher body mass indices, thus increasing risk of overweight/obesi...

    Authors: Meg Bruening, Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, Alexandra Brewis, Melissa Laska, Michael Todd, Daniel Hruschka, David R. Schaefer, Corrie M. Whisner and Genevieve Dunton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:901

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  44. Content type: Research article

    It has been hypothesised that an ‘activitystat’ may biologically regulate energy expenditure or physical activity levels, thereby limiting the effectiveness of physical activity interventions. Using a randomis...

    Authors: S. R. Gomersall, C. Maher, C. English, A. V. Rowlands, J. Dollman, K. Norton and T. Olds

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:900

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  45. Content type: Research article

    This study focuses on the comparison of weekday/weekend parent-child behavioural patterns (step count (SC) and screen time (ST)) and answers the question of whether achieving the recommendations for daily SC (...

    Authors: Dagmar Sigmundová, Erik Sigmund, Petr Badura, Jana Vokáčová, Lucie Trhlíková and Jens Bucksch

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:898

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Adolescents face many barriers to physical activity, demonstrated by the decline in physical activity levels in teenage populations. This study aimed to assess the feasibility of overcoming such barriers via t...

    Authors: Danielle Christian, Charlotte Todd, Rebecca Hill, Jaynie Rance, Kelly Mackintosh, Gareth Stratton and Sinead Brophy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:890

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  47. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to examine the associations between time spent in prolonged and non-prolonged sedentary bouts and the development of metabolic syndrome.

    Authors: Takanori Honda, Sanmei Chen, Koji Yonemoto, Hiro Kishimoto, Tao Chen, Kenji Narazaki, Yuka Haeuchi and Shuzo Kumagai

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:888

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  48. Content type: Research article

    In Canada, 31.5 % of children are overweight or obese, putting them at an increased risk of chronic co-morbidities and premature mortality. Physical activity, healthy eating, and screen time are important beha...

    Authors: Evelyn Pyper, Daniel Harrington and Heather Manson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:568

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