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Lifestyle and community interventions

This section includes studies on all community and population based inventions to prevent and treat obesity and implement novel and existing approaches for weight loss.

  1. One third of U.S. children and two thirds of adults are overweight or obese. Interventions to prevent obesity and thus avert threats to public health are needed. This paper describes the design and methods of ...

    Authors: Amy Borg, Christina F. Haughton, Mullen Sawyer, Stephenie C. Lemon, Kevin Kane, Lori Pbert, Wenjun Li and Milagros C. Rosal

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2019 6:19

    Content type: Study protocol

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  2. Numerous diets, apps and websites help guide and monitor dietary behaviour with the goal of losing weight, yet dieting success is highly dependent on personal preferences and circumstances. To enable a more qu...

    Authors: Shilpa Tejpal, Narinder Sanghera, Vijayalaxmi Manoharan, Joan Planas-Iglesias, Kate Myler and Judith Klein-Seetharaman

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2019 6:20

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Childhood overweight and obesity is a persistent public health issue in the US. Risk for obesity and obesity-related morbidity throughout the life course begins in utero. Native Americans suffer the greatest d...

    Authors: Allison Ingalls, Summer Rosenstock, Reese Foy Cuddy, Nicole Neault, Samantha Yessilth, Novalene Goklish, Leonela Nelson, Raymond Reid and Allison Barlow

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2019 6:18

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  4. Home-based lifestyle behaviour interventions show promise for treating and preventing childhood obesity. According to family theories, engaging the entire family unit, including parents, to change their family...

    Authors: Owen Krystia, Tory Ambrose, Gerarda Darlington, David W. L. Ma, Andrea C. Buchholz and Jess Haines

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2019 6:10

    Content type: Research article

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  5. In Ethiopia, limited information is available about the epidemiology of over-nutrition. This study assessed the prevalence of, and factors associated with overweight and obesity among adults in Hawassa city, S...

    Authors: Teshale Darebo, Addisalem Mesfin and Samson Gebremedhin

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2019 6:8

    Content type: Research article

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  6. New Zealand Pacific and Māori populations measure disproportionately high on the international body mass index (BMI). Information is needed on what behavioural weight loss goals to recommend and how to attract...

    Authors: Marewa Glover, Marrit Nolte, Annemarie Wagemakers, Hayden McRobbie, Rozanne Kruger, Bernhard H. Breier, Jane Stephen, Mafi Funaki-Tahifote and Mathu Shanthakumar

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2019 6:6

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Goals for Eating and Moving (GEM) is a technology-assisted health coaching intervention to improve weight management in primary care at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) that we designed through prior r...

    Authors: Clare Viglione, Dylaney Bouwman, Nadera Rahman, Yixin Fang, Jeannette M. Beasley, Scott Sherman, Xavier Pi-Sunyer, Judith Wylie-Rosett, Craig Tenner and Melanie Jay

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2019 6:4

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Overweight and obesity are complex conditions, associated with a wide range of serious health issues. In contemporary society, body size is an important part of a person’s self-representation. Lifestyle change...

    Authors: Elin Salemonsen, Britt Sætre Hansen, Georg Førland and Anne Lise Holm

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2018 5:42

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Patient-centered outcome measures for childhood obesity are limited. Identifying outcomes that patients and families consider important could be a viable avenue for better engagement of patients and interventi...

    Authors: Byron A. Foster, Paula Winkler, Kelsey Weinstein and Deborah Parra-Medina

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2018 5:39

    Content type: Research article

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  10. People with a disability affecting their mobility are more likely to be overweight or obese than those without a mobility disability. The guidelines on how to prevent and treat overweight/obese adults in the g...

    Authors: Marianne Holmgren, Magnus Sandberg and Gerd Ahlström

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2018 5:33

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Overweight and obesity can be defined as excessive and abnormal fat depositions in our body. They have become one of the emerging and serious public health concerns of the twenty-first century in low income co...

    Authors: Alemu Gebrie, Animut Alebel, Abriham Zegeye, Bekele Tesfaye and Aster Ferede

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2018 5:19

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Given the current prevalence of childhood obesity among Hispanic populations, and the importance of parental feeding behaviors, we aimed to assess the impact of the evidence-based Healthy Children, Healthy Fam...

    Authors: Laura Otterbach, Noereem Z. Mena, Geoffrey Greene, Colleen A. Redding, Annie De Groot and Alison Tovar

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2018 5:11

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The internet is a potentially promising medium for delivering weight loss interventions. The current study sought to explore factors that might influence primary care patients’ initial uptake and continued use...

    Authors: Samantha B. van Beurden, Sally I. Simmons, Jason C. H. Tang, Avril J. Mewse, Charles Abraham and Colin J. Greaves

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2018 5:7

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Previous literature suggests the beneficial effects of fitness on abdominal obesity may be attenuated in obesity and abolished in severe obesity. It is unclear whether the beneficial association between fitnes...

    Authors: Kathy Do, Ruth E. Brown, Sean Wharton, Chris I. Ardern and Jennifer L. Kuk

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2018 5:5

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Obesity is a risk factor for hypertension. The study observed the relationship between adolescent weight status and blood pressure (BP) and the determinants of the BP pattern in urban and rural areas.

    Authors: Akinlolu Gabriel Omisore, Bridget Omisore, Emmanuel Akintunde Abioye-Kuteyi, Ibrahim Sebutu Bello and Samuel Anu Olowookere

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2018 5:2

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Studies have suggested that obesity is linked within families and that successful interventions involve both the parent and child with obesity. However little information exists regarding similarities in adipo...

    Authors: Diane C. Berry, Robert G. McMurray, Todd A. Schwartz, Emily G. Hall, Madeline N. Neal and Reuben Adatorwovor

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2017 4:39

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Obesity 2018 5:3

  17. An understanding of the dietary behaviors linked to substantial postpartum weight retention, particularly in women diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GDM), is warranted to focus intervention efforts to preve...

    Authors: Jaimie N. Davis, Grace E. Shearrer, Wei Tao, Shanta R. Hurston and Erica P. Gunderson

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2017 4:31

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  18. Obesity is a global health crisis, and portion control is a key method for reducing excess body weight. Given consumers’ familiarity with large portion sizes, reducing portion sizes can be difficult. Smaller p...

    Authors: Joel W. Hughes, Carly M. Goldstein, Carly Logan, Jessica L. Mulvany, Misty A. W. Hawkins, Amy F. Sato and John Gunstad

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2017 4:30

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Previous studies in obese children demonstrating a positive association between serum uric acid (sUA) and components of...

    Authors: Elizabeth Solis Perez, Mario Alberto González Medina, Manuel Lopez-Cabanillas Lomeli, Verónica Tijerina González, Jesús Zacarías Villarreal Pérez, Fernando J. Lavalle González, Victorine Imrhan, Shanil Juma, Parakat Vijayagopal, Kittipong Boonme and Chandan Prasad

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2017 4:25

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Obesity is a significant public health problem and innovative treatments are needed. The purpose of this pilot study was to assess the preliminary efficacy and safety of a combined treatment of low-level laser...

    Authors: Ivana T. Croghan, Jon O. Ebbert, Darrell R. Schroeder, Ryan T. Hurt, Victoria Hagstrom and Matthew M. Clark

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2016 3:42

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Obesity disproportionately affects children from low-income families and those from racial and ethnic minorities. The relationship between snacking and weight status remains unclear, although snacking is known...

    Authors: Andrea Charvet, Kathryn Brogan Hartlieb, Yulyu Yeh and K.-L. Catherine Jen

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2016 3:36

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  22. This study contributes to the literature by using accelerometers to describe sedentary behavior (SB) patterns in US children. The purpose of this study was to examine SB patterns in fifth-graders by specifical...

    Authors: Jimikaye Beck, Christine A. Chard, Carolin Hilzendegen, James Hill and Nanette Stroebele-Benschop

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2016 3:34

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Many pregnant women gain excess weight during pregnancy which increases the health risks to the mother and her baby. Interventions to prevent excess weight gain need to be given to the whole population to prev...

    Authors: Amanda J. Daley, K. Jolly, S. A. Jebb, A. K. Roalfe, L. Mackillop, A. L. Lewis, S. Clifford, S. Kenyon, C. MacArthur and P. Aveyard

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2016 3:7

    Content type: Study protocol

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  24. Little is known about the psychological prerequisites for weight loss maintenance after bariatric surgery. A first step in investigating whether existing knowledge of conservative weight loss treatment is appl...

    Authors: Ingela Lundin Kvalem, Irmelin Bergh, Tilmann von Soest, Jan H. Rosenvinge, Tina Avantis Johnsen, Egil W. Martinsen, Tom Mala and Jon A. Kristinsson

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2016 3:6

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Increasing rates of childhood overweight and obesity highlight a need for the evaluation of lifestyle interventions. The purpose of the study was to determine the Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation...

    Authors: Shauna M Burke, Sheree Shapiro, Robert J Petrella, Jennifer D Irwin, Michelle Jackman, Erin S Pearson, Harry Prapavessis and Joel Kevin Shoemaker

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2015 2:21

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Obesity rates are disproportionately high among Latinas living in the United States. Few community-based weight management studies have focused on Latina immigrants living in emerging Latino communities. The p...

    Authors: Andrea L Cherrington, Amanda L Willig, April A Agne, M Cecilia Fowler, Gareth R Dutton and Isabel C Scarinci

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2015 2:17

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Overweight and obesity during pregnancy is common, although robust evidence about the economic implications of providing an antenatal dietary and lifestyle intervention for women who are overweight or obese is...

    Authors: Jodie M Dodd, Sharmina Ahmed, Jonathan Karnon, Wendy Umberger, Andrea R Deussen, Thach Tran, Rosalie M Grivell, Caroline A Crowther, Deborah Turnbull, Andrew J McPhee, Gary Wittert, Julie A Owens and Jeffrey S Robinson

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2015 2:14

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  28. Obesity in early childhood is a robust predictor of obesity later in life. Schools provide unparalleled access to children and have subsequently become major intervention sites. However, empirical evidence sup...

    Authors: Kyle Turner, Charlie Foster, Steven Allender and Emma Plugge

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2015 2:13

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  29. Obesity stigma has been shown to increase binge eating, whilst positive regard for eating disorders (EDs) may increase dietary restriction which can also lead to binge eating and weight gain. In the context of...

    Authors: Anita Star, Phillipa Hay, Frances Quirk and Jonathan Mond

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2015 2:4

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  30. Earlier this year the BMC portfolio was enriched by a new journal BMC Obesity. Here, we present the aims and objectives of the section on Lifestyle and Community Interventions. Innovative research is needed. P...

    Authors: Tommy LS Visscher, Colin Bell, Jessica S Gubbels, Terry TK Huang, Maria J Bryant, Anna Peeters, Genevieve Horne and Simone A French

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2014 1:29

    Content type: Editorial

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  31. Existing systematic reviews aimed at comparing effectiveness of childhood obesity treatment interventions are limited by a lack of quality in the conduct and reporting of trials in this area. This study aimed ...

    Authors: Maria Bryant, Lee Ashton, Jane Nixon, Susan Jebb, Judy Wright, Katharine Roberts and Julia Brown

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2014 1:25

    Content type: Research article

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  32. The prevalence of overweight and obesity is high amongst healthcare professionals and there is growing interest in delivering weight loss interventions in the workplace. We conducted a systematic review to (i)...

    Authors: Brian T Power, Kirsty Kiezebrink, Julia L Allan and Marion K Campbell

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2014 1:23

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  33. Better techniques are needed to help consumers make lower calorie food choices. This pilot study examined the effect of menu labeling with caloric information and exercise equivalents (EE) on food selection. P...

    Authors: Charles Platkin, Ming-Chin Yeh, Kimberly Hirsch, Ellen Weiss Wiewel, Chang-Yun Lin, Ho-Jui Tung and Victoria H Castellanos

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2014 1:21

    Content type: Research article

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  34. High levels of child obesity are triggering growing concerns about the prevalence and effects of food advertising targeted at children. Efforts to address this advertising are confounded by the expanding reper...

    Authors: Simone Pettigrew, Kathy Chapman, Caroline Miller and Samantha Thomas

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2014 1:17

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Mobile health (mHealth) behaviour change programmes use mobile phones and the internet to deliver health information and behaviour change support to participants. Such programmes offer a potentially cost-effec...

    Authors: Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Robyn Whittaker, Hayden McRobbie, Kylie Ball, David Crawford, Jo Michie, Yannan Jiang, Ralph Maddison, Wilma Waterlander and Katie Myers

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2014 1:10

    Content type: Research article

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  36. In-patient obesity treatment programs for adolescents are associated with good success and substantial weight loss. However, maintaining weight loss remains a challenge. This article presents the concept of the T...

    Authors: Jana Markert, Sabine Herget, Stefanie Marschke, Thomas Lehnert, Christian Falkenberg and Susann Blüher

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2014 1:8

    Content type: Research article

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  37. The aim of this paper is to describe the research aims, concepts and methods of the research Consortium Integrated Approach of Overweight (CIAO). CIAO is a concerted action of five Academic Collaborative Centr...

    Authors: Marije TM van Koperen, Rianne MJJ van der Kleij, Carry CM Renders, Matty MR Crone, Anna-Marie AM Hendriks, Maria M Jansen, Vivian VM van de Gaar, Hein JH Raat, Emilie ELM Ruiter, Gerard GRM Molleman, Jantine AJ Schuit and Jacob JC Seidell

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2014 1:5

    Content type: Study protocol

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