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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

    Maternal obesity is associated with risks to mother and infant, and has implications for healthcare costs. United Kingdom (UK) levels of maternal obesity are rising, with higher prevalence in North East (NE) E...

    Authors: Sarah Dinsdale, Kay Branch, Lindsay Cook and Janet Shucksmith

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:625

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  2. Content type: Research article

    We evaluated the cost-effectiveness of the Give-it-a-Go programme, which offers free leisure centre memberships to physically inactive members of the public in a single London Borough receiving state benefits.

    Authors: Talitha I. Verhoef, Verena Trend, Barry Kelly, Nigel Robinson, Paul Fox and Stephen Morris

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:616

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity is critical to improving health and well-being in children. Quantitative studies have found a decline in activity in the transition from primary to secondary education. Exergames (active vide...

    Authors: Duika Burges Watson, Jean Adams, Liane B. Azevedo and Catherine Haighton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:609

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Early childcare and education (ECE) is a prime setting for obesity prevention and the establishment of healthy behaviors. The objective of this quasi-experimental study was to examine the efficacy of the Activ...

    Authors: Tara L. LaRowe, Emily J. Tomayko, Amy M. Meinen, Jill Hoiting, Courtney Saxler and Bridget Cullen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:607

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Evidence on physical activity (PA) and transitions out of full-time employment in middle-to-older age is mainly cross-sectional and focused upon retirement. The purpose was to examine trajectories in PA before...

    Authors: Xiaoqi Feng, Karen Croteau, Gregory S. Kolt and Thomas Astell-Burt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:605

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    Lifestyle interventions targeting physical activity, sedentary time and dietary behaviours have the potential to initiate and support behavioural change and result in public health gain. Although men have ofte...

    Authors: Femke van Nassau, Hidde P. van der Ploeg, Frank Abrahamsen, Eivind Andersen, Annie S. Anderson, Judith E. Bosmans, Christopher Bunn, Matthew Chalmers, Ciaran Clissmann, Jason M. R. Gill, Cindy M. Gray, Kate Hunt, Judith G.M. Jelsma, Jennifer G. La Guardia, Pierre N. Lemyre, David W. Loudon…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:598

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The present study investigated associations between individual- and school-level predictors and young people’s self-reported physical activity (total activity and moderate-to-vigorous activity) and sedentary b...

    Authors: Kelly Morgan, Britt Hallingberg, Hannah Littlecott, Simon Murphy, Adam Fletcher, Chris Roberts and Graham Moore

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:569

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The role of fathers in the development of obesity in their offspring remains poorly understood. We evaluated associations of missing paternal demographic information on birth certificates with perinatal risk f...

    Authors: Erika R. Cheng, Summer Sherburne Hawkins, Sheryl L. Rifas-Shiman, Matthew W. Gillman and Elsie M. Taveras

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:453

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  9. Content type: Research article

    To explore the time trends (2005–2015) of pedometer-determined weekday and weekend physical activity (PA) and obesity prevalence in 4–7-year-old Czech preschool children and changes in proportion of kindergart...

    Authors: Erik Sigmund, Dagmar Sigmundová, Petr Badura, Lucie Trhlíková and Andrea Madarasová Gecková

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:560

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Leisure-time physical activity and strength training participation levels are low and socioeconomically distributed. Fitness trainers (e.g. gym/group instructors) may have a role in increasing these participat...

    Authors: Jason A. Bennie, Lukar E. Thornton, Jannique G. Z. van Uffelen, Lauren K. Banting and Stuart J. H. Biddle

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:551

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  11. Content type: Research article

    A number of child/parental factors have been shown to be significant predictors of childhood overweight, although a better understanding of possible contextual influences of neighbourhood-level characteristics...

    Authors: Josefine Roswall, Gerd Almqvist-Tangen, Anders Holmén, Bernt Alm, Stefan Bergman, Jovanna Dahlgren and Ulf Strömberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:546

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study is to review accelerometer wear methods and correlations between accelerometry and physical activity questionnaire data, depending on participant characteristics.

    Authors: Stephanie Skender, Jennifer Ose, Jenny Chang-Claude, Michael Paskow, Boris Brühmann, Erin M. Siegel, Karen Steindorf and Cornelia M. Ulrich

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:515

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Undernutrition remains the major public health concern in Ethiopia and continues as the underlying cause of child mortality. However, there is a scarcity of information on the magnitude and determinant factors...

    Authors: Wagaye Fentahun, Mamo Wubshet and Amare Tariku

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:506

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    Despite attempts to improve diet at population level, people living in material and social deprivation continue to consume unhealthy diets. Executive function - the ability to regulate behaviour and resist imp...

    Authors: Jennifer A. Hunter, Gareth J. Hollands, Dominique-Laurent Couturier and Theresa M. Marteau

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:504

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the current study was to examine the associations between Body Mass Index (BMI) and socio-demographic factors and to examine the relationship between BMI, smoking status and ethnicity.

    Authors: Peizhi Wang, Edimansyah Abdin, Rajeswari Sambasivam, Siow Ann Chong, Janhavi Ajit Vaingankar and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:500

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Obesity is common in the U.S. and many individuals turn to commercial programs to lose weight. Our objective was to directly compare weight loss, waist circumference, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure ...

    Authors: Rachit M. Vakil, Ruchi S. Doshi, Ambereen K. Mehta, Zoobia W. Chaudhry, David K. Jacobs, Clare J. Lee, Sara N. Bleich, Jeanne M. Clark and Kimberly A. Gudzune

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:460

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  17. Content type: Research article

    There is a lack of understanding of work aged adults’ (30–60 years old) perspectives on the motivation of physical activity versus sedentariness. This study aims to: (1) identify which socio-environmental fact...

    Authors: Richard Keegan, Geoff Middleton, Hannah Henderson and Mica Girling

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:438

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  18. Content type: Research article

    A “diet high in sodium” is the second most important dietary risk factor for health loss identified in the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. We therefore aimed to model health gains and costs (savings) of s...

    Authors: Nhung Nghiem, Tony Blakely, Linda J. Cobiac, Christine L. Cleghorn and Nick Wilson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:423

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Lack of physical activity (PA) is a growing public health concern. There is a growing body of literature that suggests a positive relationship may exist between the amount of local green space near one’s home ...

    Authors: Elliott P. Flowers, Paul Freeman and Valerie F. Gladwell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:420

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity is essential for health; walking is the easiest way to incorporate activity into everyday life. Previous studies report positive associations between neighbourhood walkability and walking but...

    Authors: Jemima C. Stockton, Oliver Duke-Williams, Emmanuel Stamatakis, Jennifer S. Mindell, Eric J. Brunner and Nicola J. Shelton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:416

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The Bristol Girls Dance Project was a cluster randomised controlled trial that aimed to increase objectively measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) levels of Year 7 (age 11–12) girls through a ...

    Authors: S. J. Sebire, M. J. Edwards, J. M. Kesten, T. May, K. J. Banfield, E. L. Bird, K. Tomkinson, P. Blair, J. E. Powell and R. Jago

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:349

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Regular physical activity (PA) forms the basis for healthy growth and development. High volume of sedentary behavior (SB) on the other hand is harmful for health. The purpose of the study was to describe objec...

    Authors: Pauliina Husu, Henri Vähä-Ypyä and Tommi Vasankari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:338

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Research to increase children’s physical activity and inform intervention design has, to date, largely underrepresented children’s voices. Further, research has been limited to singular qualitative methods tha...

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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:326

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  24. Content type: Research article

    We conducted a systematic review to obtain studies on childhood obesity and parenting published between 2009 and 2015, and draw out those studies with a particular focus on media parenting. Our analysis addres...

    Authors: Alyssa Aftosmes-Tobio, Claudia Ganter, Selma Gicevic, Sami Newlan, Christine L. Simon, Kirsten K. Davison and Jennifer A. Manganello

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:320

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) face a double burden of disease, with a high prevalence of household food insecurity and childhood micronutrient deficiencies, accompanied by a burgeoning incre...

    Authors: Karen E. Charlton, Joanna Russell, Emma Gorman, Quentin Hanich, Aurélie Delisle, Brooke Campbell and Johann Bell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:285

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Neighbourhood socioeconomic status (SES) has been shown to be related to health status and overweight independent of individual SES. However, results about the association between neighbourhood SES and physica...

    Authors: Rahel Bürgi, Laura Tomatis, Kurt Murer and Eling D. de Bruin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:282

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  27. Content type: Study protocol

    Away-from-home eating is an important dietary behavior with implications on diet quality. Thus, it is an important behavior to target to prevent and control childhood obesity and other chronic health condition...

    Authors: Guadalupe X. Ayala, Iana A. Castro, Julie L. Pickrel, Christine B. Williams, Shih-Fan Lin, Hala Madanat, Hee-Jin Jun and Michelle Zive

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:250

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Insufficient sleep is potentially an important modifiable risk factor for obesity and poor physical activity and sedentary behaviours among children. However, inconsistencies across studies highlight the need ...

    Authors: Bridget Morrissey, Mary Malakellis, Jill Whelan, Lynne Millar, Boyd Swinburn, Steven Allender and Claudia Strugnell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:245

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Physical inactivity levels are rising worldwide with major implications for the health of the population and the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. Exercise referral schemes (ERS) continue to be a popula...

    Authors: Fiona Morgan, Alysia Battersby, Alison L Weightman, Lydia Searchfield, Ruth Turley, Helen Morgan, James Jagroo and Simon Ellis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:227

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The national physical activity guidelines (PAG) in many countries recommend that youth accumulate 60 min or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) daily (PAG-MVPA). A daily target of ≥ 11,500 st...

    Authors: Paul R. Hibbing, Youngwon Kim, Pedro F. Saint-Maurice and Gregory J. Welk

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:223

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of infant obesity is increasing, but there is a lack of evidence-based approaches to prevent obesity at this age. This study tested the acceptability and feasibility of evaluating a theory-based...

    Authors: Rosemary R. C. McEachan, Gillian Santorelli, Maria Bryant, Pinki Sahota, Diane Farrar, Neil Small, Shaheen Akhtar, Judith Sargent, Sally E. Barber, Natalie Taylor, Gerry Richardson, Amanda J. Farrin, Raj S. Bhopal, Daniel D. Bingham, Sara M. Ahern and John Wright

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:211

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Maternal overweight, obesity, and gestational diabetes (GD) have been negatively associated with offspring development. Further knowledge regarding metabolic and nutritional alterations in these mother and the...

    Authors: Staffan K. Berglund, Luz García-Valdés, Francisco J Torres-Espinola, Mª Teresa Segura, Cristina Martínez-Zaldívar, María J. Aguilar, Ahmad Agil, Jose A. Lorente, Jesús Florido, Carmen Padilla, Signe Altmäe, Acensión Marcos, M. Carmen López-Sabater and Cristina Campoy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:207

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The assessment of changes in dietary habits provides interesting information on whether or not the observed trends are in line with accepted nutritional guidelines. The objective was to evaluate within-subject...

    Authors: Carmen de la Fuente-Arrillaga, Itziar Zazpe, Susana Santiago, Maira Bes-Rastrollo, Miguel Ruiz-Canela, Alfredo Gea and Miguel Angel Martinez-Gonzalez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:203

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  34. Content type: Research article

    High screen time in children and its detrimental health effects is a major public health problem. How much screen time adults think is appropriate for children remains little explored, as well as whether adult...

    Authors: Stephanie Schoeppe, Amanda L. Rebar, Camille E. Short, Stephanie Alley, Wendy Van Lippevelde and Corneel Vandelanotte

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:201

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Worksite obesity prevention interventions using an ecological approach may hold promise for reducing typical weight gain. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of Go!, an innovative 12-month ...

    Authors: Lara J. LaCaille, Jennifer Feenstra Schultz, Ryan Goei, Rick A. LaCaille, Kim Nichols Dauner, Rebecca de Souza, Amy Versnik Nowak and Ronald Regal

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:171

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    Understanding how we can prevent childhood obesity in scalable and sustainable ways is imperative. Early RCT interventions focused on the first two years of life have shown promise however, differences in Body...

    Authors: Karen J. Campbell, Kylie D. Hesketh, Sarah A. McNaughton, Kylie Ball, Zoë McCallum, John Lynch and David A. Crawford

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:166

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Recent research shows that sedentary behaviour is associated with adverse cardio-metabolic consequences even among those considered sufficiently physically active. In order to successfully develop intervention...

    Authors: Grainne O’Donoghue, Camille Perchoux, Keitly Mensah, Jeroen Lakerveld, Hidde van der Ploeg, Claire Bernaards, Sebastien F. M. Chastin, Chantal Simon, Donal O’Gorman and Julie-Anne Nazare

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:163

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Despite the crucial need to develop targeted and effective approaches for obesity prevention in children most at risk, the pathways explaining socioeconomic disparity in children’s obesity prevalence remain po...

    Authors: Catherine Georgina Russell, Sarah Taki, Rachel Laws, Leva Azadi, Karen J. Campbell, Rosalind Elliott, John Lynch, Kylie Ball, Rachael Taylor and Elizabeth Denney-Wilson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:151

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Research suggests physical activity is linked to obesity. Further, the physical activity of healthy parents and their children is associated with each other. However, this relationship has not been examined in...

    Authors: Robert G. McMurray, Diane C. Berry, Todd A. Schwartz, Emily G. Hall, Madeline N. Neal, Siying Li and Diana Lam

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:124

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  40. Content type: Study protocol

    Young children are prone to low levels of physical activity in childcare. Researchers have identified that preschoolers tend to be more active outdoors than indoors, with higher activity levels occurring durin...

    Authors: Patricia Tucker, Shauna M. Burke, Anca Gaston, Jennifer D. Irwin, Andrew M. Johnson, Brian W. Timmons, Leigh M. Vanderloo and Molly Driediger

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:112

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  41. Content type: Study protocol

    Obesity is growing at an alarming rate in Latin America. Lifestyle behaviours such as physical activity and dietary intake have been largely associated with obesity in many countries; however studies that comb...

    Authors: M. Fisberg, I. Kovalskys, G. Gómez, A. Rigotti, L. Y. Cortés, M. Herrera-Cuenca, M. C. Yépez, R. G. Pareja, V. Guajardo, I. Z. Zimberg, A. D. P. Chiavegatto Filho, M. Pratt, B. Koletzko and K. L. Tucker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:93

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The current Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommend that adults engage in regular moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) and strength training (ST), and mini...

    Authors: Jason A. Bennie, Zeljko Pedisic, Jannique G. Z. van Uffelen, Joanne Gale, Lauren K. Banting, Ineke Vergeer, Emmanuel Stamatakis, Adrian E. Bauman and Stuart J. H. Biddle

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:73

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity reduces cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends children engage in 60 min daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). The effect of com...

    Authors: L. M. Füssenich, L. M. Boddy, D. J. Green, L. E. F. Graves, L. Foweather, R. M. Dagger, N. McWhannell, J. Henaghan, N. D. Ridgers, G. Stratton and N. D. Hopkins

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:67

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Children and adolescents spend a large proportion of the after-school period in sedentary behaviors (SB). Identifying context-specific correlates is important for informing strategies to reduce these behaviors...

    Authors: Lauren Arundell, Elly Fletcher, Jo Salmon, Jenny Veitch and Trina Hinkley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:58

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Peruvian adolescents are at high nutritional risk, facing issues such as overweight and obesity, anemia, and pregnancy during a period of development. Research seeking to understand contextual factors that inf...

    Authors: Jinan C. Banna, Opal Vanessa Buchthal, Treena Delormier, Hilary M. Creed-Kanashiro and Mary E. Penny

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:40

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Parental support interventions have shown some effectiveness in improving children’s dietary and physical activity habits and preventing overweight and obesity. To date, there is limited research on barriers a...

    Authors: Åsa Norman, Gisela Nyberg, Liselotte Schäfer Elinder and Anita Berlin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:37

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Overweight and obesity are risk factors for many chronic diseases globally. However, the extent of the problem in low-income countries like Sub-Saharan Africa is unclear. We assessed the magnitude and disparit...

    Authors: Subas Neupane, Prakash K.C. and David Teye Doku

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:30

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  48. Content type: Study protocol

    School-based physical education is an important public health initiative as it has the potential to provide students with regular opportunities to participate in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). ...

    Authors: Chris Lonsdale, Aidan Lester, Katherine B. Owen, Rhiannon L. White, Ian Moyes, Louisa Peralta, Morwenna Kirwan, Anthony Maeder, Andrew Bennie, Freya MacMillan, Gregory S. Kolt, Nikos Ntoumanis, Jennifer M. Gore, Ester Cerin, Thierno M.O. Diallo, Dylan P. Cliff…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:17

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Effective interventions promoting healthier eating behavior among adolescents are urgently needed. One factor that has been shown to impact effectiveness is whether the target population accepts the interventi...

    Authors: F. Marijn Stok, Denise T. D. de Ridder, Emely de Vet, Liliya Nureeva, Aleksandra Luszczynska, Jane Wardle, Tania Gaspar and John B. F. de Wit

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:5

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