Protocol - Weight Change Goals
This is a two-item measure of an individual’s weight change goals used in the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).
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
Protocol Name from Source
Personnel and Training Required
|Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection||No|
|Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual||No|
Mode of Administration
Child, Adolescent, Adult
Grades 7-12 and adults (see alternate wording above)
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|
|Human Phenotype Ontology||Weight Loss||HP:0001824||HPO|
|Human Phenotype Ontology||Decreased Body Weight||HP:0004325||HPO|
|Human Phenotype Ontology||Abnormality of body weight||HP:0004324||HPO|
Process and Review
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Questions 69 and 70.
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.
|Variable Name||Variable ID||Variable Description||dbGaP Mapping|
|PX230701020000||How do you describe your weight?||N/A|
|PX230701010000||Which of the following are you trying to do more||N/A|
Weight Change Goals
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