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).


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

Personnel and Training Required


Equipment Needs



Requirement CategoryRequired
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individualNo
Major equipmentNo
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collectionNo
Specialized trainingNo

Mode of Administration


Life Stage:

Child, Adolescent, Adult, 32 to 66 years of age

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.

Research Domain Information

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.

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 Text4994182CDE Browser

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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Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX230701_WeightChange_Goals_TryingToDo_YourWeightPX230701010000Which of the following are you trying to do about your weight?4N/A
PX230701_WeightChange_Goals_Describe_Your_WeightPX230701020000How do you describe your weight?4N/A