Protocol - Weight Change Goals

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This is a two-item measure of an individual’s weight change goals used in the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

Specific Instructions:

Although this was originally used with grades 7-12, the PhenX Working Group members recognize that it is important for a broader age range of adolescents and adults, and a couple of states have included the question in their BRFSS.


1. Which of the following are you trying to do about your weight?

[ ] A. Lose weight

[ ] B. Gain weight

[ ] C. Stay the same weight

[ ] D. I am not trying to do anything about my weight

2. How do you describe your weight?

A. Very underweight

B. Slightly underweight

C. About the right weight

D. Slightly overweight

E. Very overweight

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Publicly available

Personnel and Training Required


Equipment Needs


Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Self-administered questionnaire

Life Stage:

Child, Adolescent, Adult


Grades 7-12 and adults (see alternate wording above)

Selection Rationale

This two-item question, from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is well validated and effective in determining an individual’s weight change goals.



Common Data Elements (CDE) Obesity Body Weight Change Goal Assessment Text 4994182 CDE Browser
Derived Variables


Process and Review

This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Questions 69 and 70.

General References

Brener, N. D., Kann, L., McManus, T., Kinchen, S. A., Sundberg, E. C., & Ross, J. G. (2002). The reliability of the 1999 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Questionnaire. Journal of Adolescent Health, 1(4), 336-342.

Bish, C.L., Blanck, H.M., Serdula, MK., Marcus, M., Kohl, HW 3rd, Kahn, LK. (2005). Diet and physical activity behaviors among Americans trying to lose weight: 2000 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Obesity Research, Mar; 13(3): 596-607.

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Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX230701_WeightChange_Goals_Describe_Your_Weight PX230701020000 How do you describe your weight? N/A
PX230701_WeightChange_Goals_TryingToDo_YourWeight PX230701010000 Which of the following are you trying to do about your weight? N/A
Measure Name:

Weight Change Goals

Release Date:

September 9, 2015


A single-item question that asks an adolescent individual to identify what he or she is trying to do about his or her weight.


The purpose is to determine an adolescent individual’s weight change goals.


Weight change, weight loss, weight gain, obesity, weight goals, weight, Youth Risk Behavior Survey, YRBS