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Differences in weight status and energy-balance related behaviors among schoolchildren across Europe : the ENERGY-project

(2012) PLOS ONE. 7(4).
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Background: Current data on the prevalence of overweight and energy-balance behaviors among European children is necessary to inform overweight prevention interventions. Methodology/Principal Findings: A school-based survey among 10-12 year old children was conducted in seven European countries using a standardized protocol. Weight, height, and waist circumference were measured; Engagement in physical activity, sedentary and dietary behaviors, and sleep duration were self-reported. Descriptive analyses were conducted, looking at differences according to country, gender, and parental education. 7234 children (52% girls; 11.6 +/- 0.7 years) participated. 25.8% and 5.4% of boys, and 21.8% and 4.1% of girls were overweight (including obese) and obese (according to International Obesity Task Force criteria), respectively. Higher prevalence of overweight/obesity was observed in Greece, Hungary, Slovenia and Spain than in Belgium, Netherlands and Norway. Large differences between countries were found in intakes of sugar-sweetened beverages, breakfast, active transport, TV and computer time. More favorable overweight status and behavior patterns were found in girls than boys and in children of higher educated parents than in children of lower educated parents. Conclusions/Significance: High levels and striking differences in overweight status and potential risk behaviors were found among schoolchildren across Europe.
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DETERMINANTS, PREVENTION, DESIGN, ADOLESCENTS, OBESITY, PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY, YOUTH, SLEEP DURATION, OVERWEIGHT, PRO CHILDREN

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Brug, Johannes, Maartje M van Stralen, Saskia J te Velde, Mai JM Chinapaw, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Nanna Lien, Elling Bere, et al. 2012. “Differences in Weight Status and Energy-balance Related Behaviors Among Schoolchildren Across Europe : the ENERGY-project.” Plos One 7 (4).
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Brug, J., van Stralen, M. M., te Velde, S. J., Chinapaw, M. J., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Lien, N., Bere, E., et al. (2012). Differences in weight status and energy-balance related behaviors among schoolchildren across Europe : the ENERGY-project. PLOS ONE, 7(4).
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Brug J, van Stralen MM, te Velde SJ, Chinapaw MJ, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Lien N, et al. Differences in weight status and energy-balance related behaviors among schoolchildren across Europe : the ENERGY-project. PLOS ONE. 2012;7(4).
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Brug, Johannes et al. “Differences in Weight Status and Energy-balance Related Behaviors Among Schoolchildren Across Europe : the ENERGY-project.” PLOS ONE 7.4 (2012): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {Background: Current data on the prevalence of overweight and energy-balance behaviors among European children is necessary to inform overweight prevention interventions. 
Methodology/Principal Findings: A school-based survey among 10-12 year old children was conducted in seven European countries using a standardized protocol. Weight, height, and waist circumference were measured; Engagement in physical activity, sedentary and dietary behaviors, and sleep duration were self-reported. Descriptive analyses were conducted, looking at differences according to country, gender, and parental education. 7234 children (52\% girls; 11.6 +/- 0.7 years) participated. 25.8\% and 5.4\% of boys, and 21.8\% and 4.1\% of girls were overweight (including obese) and obese (according to International Obesity Task Force criteria), respectively. Higher prevalence of overweight/obesity was observed in Greece, Hungary, Slovenia and Spain than in Belgium, Netherlands and Norway. Large differences between countries were found in intakes of sugar-sweetened beverages, breakfast, active transport, TV and computer time. More favorable overweight status and behavior patterns were found in girls than boys and in children of higher educated parents than in children of lower educated parents. 
Conclusions/Significance: High levels and striking differences in overweight status and potential risk behaviors were found among schoolchildren across Europe.},
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  author       = {Brug, Johannes and van Stralen, Maartje M and te Velde, Saskia J and Chinapaw, Mai JM and De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse and Lien, Nanna and Bere, Elling and Maskini, Victoria and Singh, Amika S and Maes, Lea and Moreno, Luis and Jan, Nata\v{s}a and Kovacs, Eva and Lobstein, Tim and Manios, Yannis},
  issn         = {1932-6203},
  journal      = {PLOS ONE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {13},
  title        = {Differences in weight status and energy-balance related behaviors among schoolchildren across Europe : the ENERGY-project},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0034742},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2012},
}

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