On this page you will find an overview of scientific publications resulting from the LIKE project.

Understanding needs assessment/system

Waterlander, W.E.; Pinzon, A.L.; Verhoeff, A.; Den Hertog, K.; Altenburg, T.; Dijkstra, C.; Halberstadt, J.; Hermans, R.; Renders, C.; Seidell, J.; et al. A System Dynamics and Participatory Action Research Approach to Promote Healthy Living and a Healthy Weight among 10–14-Year-Old Adolescents in Amsterdam: The LIKE Programme. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1–18, doi:10.3390/ijerph17144928.


Waterlander, W.E.; Singh, A.; Altenburg, T.; Dijkstra, C.; Luna Pinzon, A.; Anselma, M.; Busch, V.; van Houtum, L.; Emke, H.; Overman, M.L.; et al. Understanding Obesity-Related Behaviors in Youth from a Systems Dynamics Perspective: The Use of Causal Loop Diagrams. Obes. Rev. 2021, 22, 1–16, doi:10.1111/obr.13185.


Larsen H, Hermans RCJ, Kayabal S, Renders CM, Vrijkotte TGM. Associations between parental and pre-adolescents’ physical activity and diet quality: The role of parental child care involvement and child’s sex. Eat Behav. 2023 Aug;50:101775. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2023.101775. Epub 2023 Jun 21. PMID: 37356411.


Hagenaars, L., Waterlander, W., den Hertog, K., & Stronks, K. (2023). A resilient public health in 2030: #buthow?. TSG : journal of health sciences, 101(1), 17-20.


Sawyer, A., den Hertog, K., Verhoeff, A. P., Busch, V., & Stronks, K. (2021). Developing the logic framework underpinning a whole-systems approach to childhood overweight and obesity prevention: Amsterdam Healthy Weight Approach. Obesity science & practice, 7(5), 591-605.


Emke, H., Dijkstra, C., Kremers, S., Chinapaw, M., & Altenburg, T. (2023). Is the transition from primary to secondary school a risk factor for energy balance-related behaviors? A systematic review. Public Health Nutrition, 26(9), 1754-1774. doi:10.1017/S1368980023000812

Leverage points/Action development

Luna Pinzon A, Stronks K, Emke H, van den Eynde E, Altenburg T, Dijkstra SC, Renders CM, Hermans R, Busch V, Chinapaw MJM, Kremers SPJ and Waterlander W (2023) Understanding the system dynamics of obesity-related behaviors in 10- to 14-year-old adolescents in Amsterdam from a multi-actor perspective. Front. Public Health. 11:1128316. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1128316


Luna Pinzon, A.; Stronks, K.; Dijkstra, C.; Renders, C.; Altenburg, T.; den Hertog, K.; Kremers, S.P.J.; Chinapaw, M.J.M.; Verhoeff, A.P.; Waterlander, W. The ENCOMPASS Framework: A Practical Guide for the Evaluation of Public Health Programs in Complex Adaptive Systems.. Int. J. Behav. Nutr. Phys. Act. 2022, 19, 1–17, doi:10.1186/s12966-022-01267-3

Care/children with obesity

Abawi, O.; Welling, M.S.; Eynde, E.; Rossum, E.F.C.; Halberstadt, J.; Akker, E.L.T.; Voorn, B. COVID ‐19 Related Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with Severe Obesity: A Mixed‐methods Study. Clin. Obes. 2020, 10, 1–6, doi:10.1111/cob.12412.

Grootens-Wiegers, P.; van den Eynde, E.; Halberstadt, J.; Seidell, J.C.; Dedding, C. The “Stages Towards Completion Model”: What Helps and Hinders Children with Overweight or Obesity and Their Parents to Be Guided towards, Adhere to and Complete a Group Lifestyle Intervention. Int. J. Qual. Stud. Health Well-being 2020, 15, doi:10.1080/17482631.2020.1735093.

Koetsier, L.W.; van Mil, M.M.A.; Eilander, M.M.A.; van den Eynde, E.; Baan, C.A.; Seidell, J.C.; Halberstadt, J. Conducting a Psychosocial and Lifestyle Assessment as Part of an Integrated Care Approach for Childhood Obesity: Experiences, Needs and Wishes of Dutch Healthcare Professionals. BMC Health Serv. Res. 2021, 21, 1–11, doi:10.1186/s12913-021-06635-6.

Welling, M.S.; Abawi, O.; Van Den Eynde, E.; Van Rossum, E.F.C.; Halberstadt, J.; Brandsma, A.E.; Kleinendorst, L.; Van Den Akker, E.L.T.; Van Der Voorn, B. Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Related Lockdown Measures on Lifestyle Behaviors and Well-Being in Children and Adolescents with Severe Obesity.. Obes. Facts 2022, 15, 186–196, doi:10.1159/000520718

Van Den Eynde, E.; Camfferman, R.; Putten, L.R.; Renders, C.M.; Seidell, JC; Halberstadt, J Changes in the Health-Related Quality of Life and Weight Status of Children with Overweight or Obesity Aged 7 to 13 Years after Participating in a 10-Week Lifestyle Intervention Child. Obes. 2020, 16, 412–420, doi:10.1089/chi.2020.0070.

de Pooter, N., van den Eynde, E., Raat, H. J., Seidell, J., van den Akker, E. L. T., & Halberstadt, J. (2022). Perspectives of healthcare professionals on facilitators, barriers and needs in children with obesity and their parents in achieving a healthier lifestyle. Patient Education and Counseling, 1, 1-7.