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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. Despite the health benefits of regular physical activity, most children are insufficiently active. Schools are ideally placed to promote physical activity; however, many do not provide children with sufficient...

    Authors: Chris Lonsdale, Taren Sanders, Kristen E. Cohen, Philip Parker, Michael Noetel, Tim Hartwig, Diego Vasconcellos, Morwenna Kirwan, Philip Morgan, Jo Salmon, Marj Moodie, Heather McKay, Andrew Bennie, Ron Plotnikoff, Renata L. Cinelli, David Greene…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:873

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2016 16:1026

  30. 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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  31. The objetive in this study is to determine the relationship between dietary patterns, BMI, type 2 diabetes mellitus family history (T2DMFH) and some lifestyle variables such as smoking and skipping breakfast i...

    Authors: Laura Elisa Gutiérrez-Pliego, Eneida del Socorro Camarillo-Romero, Laura Patricia Montenegro-Morales and José de Jesus Garduño-García

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:850

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  32. Obesity in young children remains a public health concern, and maternal weight is one of the strongest predictors of obesity in early childhood. However, parental adherence in interventions for young children ...

    Authors: Brooke T. Nezami, Leslie A. Lytle and Deborah F. Tate

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:837

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  33. The traditional diet of northwestern Spain and northern Portugal follows an ‘Atlantic diet’ pattern. Adherence to the Atlantic diet has been related to the good metabolic health and low coronary mortality reco...

    Authors: Maria del Mar Calvo-Malvar, Rosaura Leis, Alfonso Javier Benítez-Estévez, Juan Sánchez-Castro and Francisco Gude

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:820

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  34. The prevalence of childhood obesity is increasing at a high rate in Brazil, making prevention a health priority. Schools are the central focus of interventions aiming the prevention and treatment of childhood ...

    Authors: Michele R. Sgambato, Diana B. Cunha, Viviana T. Henriques, Camilla C. P. Estima, Bárbara S. N. Souza, Rosangela A. Pereira, Edna M. Yokoo, Vitor B. Paravidino and Rosely Sichieri

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:809

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  35. Physical development can be considered as an indicator of the overall health status of the youth population. Currently, it appears that the increasing trend of the prevalence of obesity among children and yout...

    Authors: Bibiana Vadasova, Pavol Cech, Viera Smerecka, Jan Junger, Martin Zvonar and Pavel Ruzbarsky

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:808

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  36. In 2004–2005, a survey carried out on food recipients in France revealed an alarming nutritional situation. In 2011–2012, and using a protocol similar to that of 2004–2005, our objective was to update the desc...

    Authors: Katia Castetbon, Dorothée Grange, Gaëlle Guibert, Michel Vernay, Hélène Escalon and Catherine Vincelet

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:779

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  37. The Prevention of Overweight in Infancy (POI) study was a four-arm randomised controlled trial (RCT) in 802 families which assessed whether additional education and support on sleep (Sleep group); food, physic...

    Authors: Rachael W. Taylor, Anne-Louise M. Heath, Barbara C. Galland, Sonya L. Cameron, Julie A. Lawrence, Andrew R. Gray, Gerald W. Tannock, Blair Lawley, Dione Healey, Rachel M. Sayers, Maha Hanna, Kim Meredith-Jones, Burt Hatch and Barry J. Taylor

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:771

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  38. The aims of this report were 1) to describe the duration of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and the proportion of participants meeting the recommended criterion of at least 150 min of MVPA per we...

    Authors: Yoshimi Fukuoka, William Haskell and Eric Vittinghoff

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:761

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  39. The aim of this country-wide study was to link individual health and behavioural data with area-level spatial data to examine whether the body mass index (BMI) of adults was associated with access to recreatio...

    Authors: Anne Ellaway, Karen E. Lamb, Neil S. Ferguson and David Ogilvie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:756

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  40. Comprehensive assessment of sedentary behavior (SB) and physical activity (PA), including transport-related activities (TRA), is required to design innovative PA promotion strategies. There are few validated i...

    Authors: Keitly Mensah, Aurélia Maire, Jean-Michel Oppert, Julien Dugas, Hélène Charreire, Christiane Weber, Chantal Simon and Julie-Anne Nazare

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:753

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  41. The study explores associations between perceived neighbourhood characteristics, physical activity and diet quality, which in Latin America and Brazil have been scarcely studied and with inconsistent results.

    Authors: Dóra Chor, Letícia Oliveira Cardoso, Aline Araújo Nobre, Rosane Härter Griep, Maria de Jesus Mendes Fonseca, Luana Giatti, Isabela Bensenor, Maria del Carmen Bisi Molina, Estela M. L. Aquino, Ana Diez-Roux, Débora de Pina Castiglione and Simone M. Santos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:751

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  42. The prevalence of overweight and obesity is on the rise in South Africa, particularly among females living in urban environments. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the emic perspectives of b...

    Authors: Emily A. Phillips, Dawn L. Comeau, Pedro T. Pisa, Aryeh D. Stein and Shane A. Norris

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:750

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  43. To unravel the effect of school-based nutrition education, insight into the implementation process is needed. In this study, process indicators of Taste Lessons (a nutrition education programme for Dutch eleme...

    Authors: Marieke C. E. Battjes-Fries, Ellen J. I. van Dongen, Reint Jan Renes, Hante J. Meester, Pieter van’t Veer and Annemien Haveman-Nies

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:737

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  44. Activity behaviours (physical activity, sedentary time and screen time) have been linked to health outcomes in childhood. Furthermore, socioeconomic disparities have been observed in both children’s activity b...

    Authors: Dot Dumuid, Timothy S. Olds, Lucy K. Lewis and Carol Maher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:736

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  45. Because residents of the southeastern United States experience disproportionally high rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD), it is important to develop effective lifestyle interventions for this population.

    Authors: Thomas C. Keyserling, Carmen D. Samuel-Hodge, Stephanie Jilcott Pitts, Beverly A. Garcia, Larry F. Johnston, Ziya Gizlice, Cassandra L. Miller, Danielle F. Braxton, Kelly R. Evenson, Janice C. Smith, Gwen B. Davis, Emmanuelle L. Quenum, Nadya T. Majette Elliott, Myron D. Gross, Katrina E. Donahue, Jacqueline R. Halladay…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:732

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  46. Children and youth are often considered the most active segment of the population, however, research indicates that physical activity (PA) tends to peak during the adolescent years, declining thereafter with a...

    Authors: Matthew Y. W. Kwan, Chloe Bedard, Sara King-Dowling, Sarah Wellman and John Cairney

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:728

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  47. As the snacking pattern of European adolescents is of great concern, effective interventions are necessary. Till now health promotion efforts in children and adolescents have had only limited success in changi...

    Authors: W. Van Lippevelde, J. Vangeel, N. De Cock, C. Lachat, L. Goossens, K. Beullens, L. Vervoort, C. Braet, L. Maes, S. Eggermont, B. Deforche and J. Van Camp

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:725

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  48. Two models were developed to increase high school students’ participation in physical education (PE): “motion enjoyment” and “sport enjoyment”. The first model focuses on increasing knowledge about the health ...

    Authors: Julie Sigvartsen, Leiv Einar Gabrielsen, Eirik Abildsnes, Tonje H. Stea, Christina Sandvand Omfjord and Gudrun Rohde

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:709

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  49. Although childhood obesity prevalence is stabilised in developed countries including Australia, it is continuing to rise among migrants and socially disadvantaged groups in these countries. African migrants an...

    Authors: S. Cyril, J. Halliday, J. Green and A.M.N. Renzaho

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:707

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