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Locator Record

Title: Weight History 16 Years and Older (WHQ_F )
Contact Number: 1-866-441-NCHS
Years of Content: 2009 - 2010
First Published: October, 2012
Revised: NA
Access Constraints: None
Use Constraints: None
Geographic Coverage: National
Subject:Personal interview data for persons age 16 years and older on topics related to body weight, including self-reported weight over the lifetime, self-perception of weight, attempted weight loss during the past 12 months, and methods used to try to lose weight and to keep from gaining weight.
Record Source: NHANES 2009 - 2010
Survey Methodology: NHANES 2009 - 2010 is a stratified multistage probability sample of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the U.S.
Medium: NHANES Web site; SAS transport files

Component Description

The Weight History section of the Sample Person Questionnaire (variable name prefix WHQ) provides personal interview data on several topics related to body weight, including self-perception of weight, self-reported weight over the participant’s lifetime, attempted weight loss during the past 12 months, and methods used to try to lose weight and to keep from gaining weight.

Eligible Sample

The target sample for the questions in this section is persons age 16 years and older. However, target samples for some questions in this section vary. Please review the codebook carefully. Frequency counts were verified during the preparation of the file.

Interview Setting and Mode of Administration

Trained interviewers asked these questions in the home using the Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) system.

For details on the administration of the Weight History (WHQ_F) section, please refer to the Weight History Sample Person Questionnaire on the NHANES.

Quality Assurance & Quality Control

The CAPI system is programmed with built-in consistency checks to reduce data entry errors. CAPI also uses online help screens to assist interviewers in defining key terms used in the questionnaire.

Data Processing and Editing

Edits were made to some variables to ensure the completeness, consistency, and analytic usefulness of the data. Edits were also made, when necessary, to address data disclosure concerns. When a variable was modified globally, as part of the editing process, the third letter in the variable name was changed from a Q (i.e. WHQ) to a D (i.e. WHD). For example, height data were collected as feet and inches, but standardized to inches using the conversion factors 0.3937 inches per centimeter and 12 inches per foot. Current and past self-reported weights were standardized to weight in pounds using the conversion factor 2.2046 pounds per kilogram.

Reported heights and weights, considered to be physiologically implausible or the result of interviewer data entry error, were coded as "missing".

If maximum weight (WHQ150) extended over more than one year, the interviewer recorded the most recent age at which the survey participant reported that weight.

All responses to WHQ150 (age when weighed the most) of 80 years and older were coded as '80' to be consistent with the way age of the survey participant was coded in the demographic file.

Analytic Notes

Four new response categories were added to WHD080 (How did you try to lose weight?) and WHD100 (What did you do to keep from gaining weight?). These categories were: "Ate more fruits, vegetables, salads", "Ate less sugar, candy, sweets", "Changed eating habits", and "Ate less junk food or fast food".

Although data in this file were collected as part of the household questionnaire, if they are merged with the MEC exam data, exam sample weights should be used for analyses.

Please refer to the NHANES Analytic Guidelines and the on-line NHANES Tutorial for further details on the use of sample weights and other analytic issues.

References

Codebook and Frequencies

SEQN - Respondent sequence number

Variable Name:
SEQN
SAS Label:
Respondent sequence number
English Text:
Respondent sequence number.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS

WHD010 - Current self-reported height (inches)

Variable Name:
WHD010
SAS Label:
Current self-reported height (inches)
English Text:
These next questions ask about {your/SP's} height and weight at different times in {your/his/her} life. How tall {are you/is SP} without shoes?
English Instructions:
ENTER HEIGHT IN FEET AND INCHES OR METERS AND CENTIMETERS.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
41 to 81 Range of Values 6730 6730
7777 Refused 0 6730
9999 Don't know 104 6834
. Missing 55 6889

WHD020 - Current self-reported weight (pounds)

Variable Name:
WHD020
SAS Label:
Current self-reported weight (pounds)
English Text:
How much {do you/does SP} weigh without clothes or shoes?
English Instructions:
RECORD CURRENT WEIGHT. IF PREGNANT, ASK FOR WEIGHT BEFORE PREGNANCY. ENTER WEIGHT IN POUNDS OR KILOGRAMS.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
76 to 670 Range of Values 6741 6741
7777 Refused 6 6747
9999 Don't know 78 6825
. Missing 64 6889

WHQ030 - How do you consider your weight

Variable Name:
WHQ030
SAS Label:
How do you consider your weight
English Text:
{Do you/Does SP} consider {your/his/her}self now to be . . . [If {you are/she is} currently pregnant, what did {you/she} consider {your/her}self to be before {you were/she was} pregnant?]
English Instructions:
CAPI INSTRUCTION: DISPLAY OPTIONAL SENTENCE [If {you are/she is} currently pregnant...] ONLY IF SP IS FEMALE AND AGE IS 16 THROUGH 59.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Overweight, 3535 3535
2 Underweight, or 362 3897
3 About the right weight? 2973 6870
7 Refused 1 6871
9 Don't know 18 6889
. Missing 0 6889

WHQ040 - Like to weigh more, less or same

Variable Name:
WHQ040
SAS Label:
Like to weigh more, less or same
English Text:
Would {you/SP} like to weigh . . .
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 More, 578 578
2 Less, or 4099 4677
3 Stay about the same? 2205 6882 WHD050
7 Refused 1 6883 WHD050
9 Don't know 6 6889 WHD050
. Missing 0 6889

WHD045 - How much would like to weigh (pounds)

Variable Name:
WHD045
SAS Label:
How much would like to weigh (pounds)
English Text:
How much {would you/would SP} like to weigh?
English Instructions:
ENTER NUMBER OF POUNDS
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Hard Edits:
50 to 750
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
85 to 441 Range of Values 4638 4638
77777 Refused 1 4639
99999 Don't know 21 4660
. Missing 2229 6889

WHD050 - Self-reported weight - 1 yr ago (pounds)

Variable Name:
WHD050
SAS Label:
Self-reported weight - 1 yr ago (pounds)
English Text:
How much did {you/SP} weigh a year ago?
English Instructions:
ENTER WEIGHT IN POUNDS OR KILOGRAMS. IF PREGNANT, ASK FOR WEIGHT BEFORE PREGNANCY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
80 to 586 Range of Values 6707 6707
7777 Refused 12 6719
9999 Don't know 118 6837
. Missing 52 6889

WHQ055 - CHECK ITEM

Variable Name:
WHQ055
English Instructions:
BOX 1. CHECK ITEM WHQ055: IF WEIGHT IN WHD050 IS 10 POUNDS OR MORE THAN WEIGHT IN WHD020 (E.G., WHD050 = 150 LBS WHD020 = 135 LBS), CONTINUE. OTHERWISE, GO TO WHQ070.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS

WHQ060 - Weight change intentional

Variable Name:
WHQ060
SAS Label:
Weight change intentional
English Text:
Was the change between {your/SP's} current weight and {your/his/her} weight a year ago intentional?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 754 754 WHD080A
2 No 497 1251
7 Refused 0 1251
9 Don't know 0 1251
. Missing 5638 6889

WHQ070 - Tried to lose weight in past year

Variable Name:
WHQ070
SAS Label:
Tried to lose weight in past year
English Text:
During the past 12 months, {have you/has SP} tried to lose weight?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 1916 1916
2 No 4203 6119 WHQ090
7 Refused 1 6120 WHQ090
9 Don't know 9 6129 WHQ090
. Missing 760 6889

WHD080A - Ate less to lose weight

Variable Name:
WHD080A
SAS Label:
Ate less to lose weight
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
10 Ate less food (amount) 1538 1538
77 Refused 0 1538
99 Don't know 0 1538
. Missing 5351 6889

WHD080B - Switched to foods with lower calories

Variable Name:
WHD080B
SAS Label:
Switched to foods with lower calories
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
11 Switched to foods with lower calories 724 724
. Missing 6165 6889

WHD080C - Ate less fat to lose weight

Variable Name:
WHD080C
SAS Label:
Ate less fat to lose weight
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
12 Ate less fat 839 839
. Missing 6050 6889

WHD080D - Exercised to lose weight

Variable Name:
WHD080D
SAS Label:
Exercised to lose weight
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
13 Exercised 1604 1604
. Missing 5285 6889

WHD080E - Skipped meals

Variable Name:
WHD080E
SAS Label:
Skipped meals
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
14 Skipped meals 412 412
. Missing 6477 6889

WHD080F - Ate diet foods or products

Variable Name:
WHD080F
SAS Label:
Ate diet foods or products
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
15 Ate 'diet' foods or products 247 247
. Missing 6642 6889

WHD080G - Used a liquid diet formula

Variable Name:
WHD080G
SAS Label:
Used a liquid diet formula
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
16 Used a liquid diet formula such as slimfast or optifast 97 97
. Missing 6792 6889

WHD080H - Joined a weight loss program

Variable Name:
WHD080H
SAS Label:
Joined a weight loss program
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
17 Joined a weight loss program such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Tops, or Overeaters Anonymous 146 146
. Missing 6743 6889

WHD080I - Took prescription diet pills

Variable Name:
WHD080I
SAS Label:
Took prescription diet pills
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
31 Took diet pills prescribed by a doctor 61 61
. Missing 6828 6889

WHD080J - Took non-RX suppl. to lose weight

Variable Name:
WHD080J
SAS Label:
Took non-RX suppl. to lose weight
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
32 Took other pills, medicines, herbs, or supplements not needing a prescription 130 130
. Missing 6759 6889

WHD080K - Took laxatives or vomited

Variable Name:
WHD080K
SAS Label:
Took laxatives or vomited
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
33 Took laxatives or vomited 25 25
. Missing 6864 6889

WHD080L - Other

Variable Name:
WHD080L
SAS Label:
Other
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
40 Other 28 28
. Missing 6861 6889

WHD080M - Drank a lot of water

Variable Name:
WHD080M
SAS Label:
Drank a lot of water
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
34 Drank a lot of water 930 930
. Missing 5959 6889

WHD080N - Followed a special diet

Variable Name:
WHD080N
SAS Label:
Followed a special diet
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
30 Followed a special diet 106 106
. Missing 6783 6889

WHD080O - Ate fewer carbohydrates

Variable Name:
WHD080O
SAS Label:
Ate fewer carbohydrates
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
41 Ate fewer carbohydrates 530 530
. Missing 6359 6889

WHD080P - Started to smoke or began to smoke again

Variable Name:
WHD080P
SAS Label:
Started to smoke or began to smoke again
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
42 Started to smoke or began to smoke again 24 24
. Missing 6865 6889

WHD080Q - Ate more fruits, vegetables, salads

Variable Name:
WHD080Q
SAS Label:
Ate more fruits, vegetables, salads
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
43 Ate more fruits, vegetables, salads 977 977
. Missing 5912 6889

WHD080R - Changed eating habits

Variable Name:
WHD080R
SAS Label:
Changed eating habits
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
44 Changed eating habits 676 676
. Missing 6213 6889

WHD080S - Ate less sugar, candy, sweets

Variable Name:
WHD080S
SAS Label:
Ate less sugar, candy, sweets
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
45 Ate less sugar, candy, sweets 736 736
. Missing 6153 6889

WHD080T - Ate less junk food or fast food

Variable Name:
WHD080T
SAS Label:
Ate less junk food or fast food
English Text:
How did {you/SP} try to lose weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
46 Ate less junk food or fast food 788 788
. Missing 6101 6889

WHQ270 - Seek help from a health professional

Variable Name:
WHQ270
SAS Label:
Seek help from a health professional
English Text:
In the past 12 months, {did you/did SP} seek help from a personal trainer, dietitian, nutritionist, doctor or other health professional to lose weight?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 259 259
2 No 2411 2670 WHQ185
7 Refused 0 2670 WHQ185
9 Don't know 0 2670 WHQ185
. Missing 4219 6889

WHQ280A - Personal trainer

Variable Name:
WHQ280A
SAS Label:
Personal trainer
English Text:
Was that a...
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 personal trainer 86 86
7 Refused 0 86
9 Don't know 0 86
. Missing 6803 6889

WHQ280B - Dietitian

Variable Name:
WHQ280B
SAS Label:
Dietitian
English Text:
Was that a...
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
2 dietitian 47 47
. Missing 6842 6889

WHQ280C - Nutritionist

Variable Name:
WHQ280C
SAS Label:
Nutritionist
English Text:
Was that a...
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
3 nutritionist 53 53
. Missing 6836 6889

WHQ280D - Doctor

Variable Name:
WHQ280D
SAS Label:
Doctor
English Text:
Was that a...
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
4 doctor, or 87 87
. Missing 6802 6889

WHQ280E - Other health professional

Variable Name:
WHQ280E
SAS Label:
Other health professional
English Text:
Was that a...
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
5 other health professional 18 18
. Missing 6871 6889

WHQ185 - CHECK ITEM

Variable Name:
WHQ185
English Instructions:
BOX 2. CHECK ITEM WHQ185: IF WHQ060 = CODE 1 OR WHQ070 = CODE 1, GO TO WHD220.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS

WHQ090 - Tried not to gain weight in past year

Variable Name:
WHQ090
SAS Label:
Tried not to gain weight in past year
English Text:
During the past 12 months, {have you/has SP} done anything to keep from gaining weight?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 663 663
2 No 3542 4205 WHQ210
7 Refused 1 4206 WHQ210
9 Don't know 7 4213 WHQ210
. Missing 2676 6889

WHD100A - Ate less food

Variable Name:
WHD100A
SAS Label:
Ate less food
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
10 Ate less food (amount) 261 261
77 Refused 0 261
99 Don't know 0 261
. Missing 6628 6889

WHD100B - Switched to foods with lower calories

Variable Name:
WHD100B
SAS Label:
Switched to foods with lower calories
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
11 Switched to foods with lower calories 94 94
. Missing 6795 6889

WHD100C - Ate less fat

Variable Name:
WHD100C
SAS Label:
Ate less fat
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
12 Ate less fat 157 157
. Missing 6732 6889

WHD100D - Exercised

Variable Name:
WHD100D
SAS Label:
Exercised
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
13 Exercised 365 365
. Missing 6524 6889

WHD100E - Skipped meals

Variable Name:
WHD100E
SAS Label:
Skipped meals
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
14 Skipped meals 56 56
. Missing 6833 6889

WHD100F - Ate diet foods or products

Variable Name:
WHD100F
SAS Label:
Ate diet foods or products
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
15 Ate 'diet' foods or products 20 20
. Missing 6869 6889

WHD100G - Used liquid diet formula

Variable Name:
WHD100G
SAS Label:
Used liquid diet formula
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
16 Used a liquid diet formula such as slimfast or optifast 7 7
. Missing 6882 6889

WHD100H - Joined program to not gain weight

Variable Name:
WHD100H
SAS Label:
Joined program to not gain weight
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
17 Joined program to not gain weight 6 6
. Missing 6883 6889

WHD100I - Took prescription diet pills

Variable Name:
WHD100I
SAS Label:
Took prescription diet pills
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
31 Took prescription diet pills 2 2
. Missing 6887 6889

WHD100J - Took non-prescription diet pills

Variable Name:
WHD100J
SAS Label:
Took non-prescription diet pills
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
32 Took other pills, medicines, herbs, or supplements not needing a prescription 10 10
. Missing 6879 6889

WHD100K - Took laxatives or vomited

Variable Name:
WHD100K
SAS Label:
Took laxatives or vomited
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
33 Took laxatives or vomited 5 5
. Missing 6884 6889

WHD100L - Other

Variable Name:
WHD100L
SAS Label:
Other
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
40 Other 6 6
. Missing 6883 6889

WHD100M - Drank a lot of water

Variable Name:
WHD100M
SAS Label:
Drank a lot of water
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
34 Drank a lot of water 196 196
. Missing 6693 6889

WHD100N - Followed a special diet

Variable Name:
WHD100N
SAS Label:
Followed a special diet
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
30 Followed a special diet 1 1
. Missing 6888 6889

WHD100O - Ate fewer carbohydrates

Variable Name:
WHD100O
SAS Label:
Ate fewer carbohydrates
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
41 Ate fewer carbohydrates 84 84
. Missing 6805 6889

WHD100P - Started to smoke or began to smoke again

Variable Name:
WHD100P
SAS Label:
Started to smoke or began to smoke again
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
42 Started to smoke or began to smoke again 3 3
. Missing 6886 6889

WHD100Q - Ate more fruits, vegetables, salads

Variable Name:
WHD100Q
SAS Label:
Ate more fruits, vegetables, salads
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
43 Ate more fruits, vegetables, salads 219 219
. Missing 6670 6889

WHD100R - Changed eating habits

Variable Name:
WHD100R
SAS Label:
Changed eating habits
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
44 Changed eating habits 135 135
. Missing 6754 6889

WHD100S - Ate less sugar, candy, sweets

Variable Name:
WHD100S
SAS Label:
Ate less sugar, candy, sweets
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
45 Ate less sugar, candy, sweets 148 148
. Missing 6741 6889

WHD100T - Ate less junk food or fast food

Variable Name:
WHD100T
SAS Label:
Ate less junk food or fast food
English Text:
What did {you/SP} do to keep from gaining weight?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD WHQ1. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
46 Ate less junk food or fast food 188 188
. Missing 6701 6889

WHQ210 - Ever tried to lose weight

Variable Name:
WHQ210
SAS Label:
Ever tried to lose weight
English Text:
Have you/Has SP ever tried to lose weight?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 1257 1257
2 No 2950 4207 WHQ105
7 Refused 1 4208 WHQ105
9 Don't know 5 4213 WHQ105
. Missing 2676 6889

WHD220 - Weight loss most successful (pounds)

Variable Name:
WHD220
SAS Label:
Weight loss most successful (pounds)
English Text:
Weight loss most successful(pounds)
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
0 to 248 Range of Values 3849 3849
77777 Refused 1 3850
99999 Don't know 50 3900
. Missing 2989 6889

WHQ105 - CHECK ITEM

Variable Name:
WHQ105
English Instructions:
BOX 3. CHECK ITEM WHQ105: IF SP's AGE >= 36, CONTINUE. OTHERWISE, GO TO BOX 4.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS

WHD110 - Self-reported weight-10 yrs ago (pounds)

Variable Name:
WHD110
SAS Label:
Self-reported weight-10 yrs ago (pounds)
English Text:
How much did {you/SP} weigh 10 years ago? [If you don't know {your/his/her} exact weight, please make your best guess.]
English Instructions:
ENTER WEIGHT IN POUNDS OR KILOGRAMS. IF PREGNANT, ASK FOR WEIGHT BEFORE PREGNANCY.
Target:
Both males and females 36 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
80 to 450 Range of Values 4327 4327
7777 Refused 4 4331
9999 Don't know 187 4518
. Missing 2371 6889

WHQ115a - CHECK ITEM

Variable Name:
WHQ115a
English Instructions:
BOX 4. CHECK ITEM WHQ115a: IF SP's AGE >= 27, CONTINUE. OTHERWISE, GO TO WHD140.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS

WHD120 - Self-reported weight-age 25 (pounds)

Variable Name:
WHD120
SAS Label:
Self-reported weight-age 25 (pounds)
English Text:
How much did {you/SP} weigh at age 25? [If you don't know {your/his/her} exact weight, please make your best guess.] If ( you were/she was) pregnant, how much did (you/she) weigh before (your/her) pregnancy?
English Instructions:
ENTER WEIGHT IN POUNDS OR KILOGRAMS. IF PREGNANT, ASK FOR WEIGHT BEFORE PREGNANCY.
Target:
Both males and females 27 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
50 to 441 Range of Values 5107 5107
7777 Refused 2 5109
9999 Don't know 298 5407
. Missing 1482 6889

WHQ125 - CHECK ITEM

Variable Name:
WHQ125
English Instructions:
BOX 5. CHECK ITEM WHQ125: IF SP's AGE >= 50, CONTINUE. OTHERWISE, GO TO WHD140.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS

WHD130 - Self-reported height - age 25 (inches)

Variable Name:
WHD130
SAS Label:
Self-reported height - age 25 (inches)
English Text:
How tall {were you/was SP} at age 25? [If you don't know {your/his/her} exact height, please make your best guess.]
English Instructions:
ENTER HEIGHT IN FEET AND INCHES OR METERS AND CENTIMETERS
Target:
Both males and females 50 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
41 to 80 Range of Values 2873 2873
7777 Refused 0 2873
9999 Don't know 142 3015
. Missing 3874 6889

WHD140 - Self-reported greatest weight (pounds)

Variable Name:
WHD140
SAS Label:
Self-reported greatest weight (pounds)
English Text:
Up to the present time, what is the most {you have/SP has} ever weighed?
English Instructions:
ENTER WEIGHT IN POUNDS OR KILOGRAMS. DO NOT INCLUDE WEIGHT DURING PREGNANCY.
Target:
Both males and females 18 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
86 to 717 Range of Values 6399 6399
7777 Refused 8 6407
9999 Don't know 98 6505
. Missing 384 6889

WHQ150 - Age when heaviest weight

Variable Name:
WHQ150
SAS Label:
Age when heaviest weight
English Text:
How old {were you/was SP} then? [If you don't know {your/his/her} exact age, please make your best guess.]
English Instructions:
ENTER AGE IN YEARS. Response cannot be greater than the age of the SP.
Target:
Both males and females 18 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
7 to 79 Range of Values 6236 6236
80 80 years or older 122 6358
77777 Refused 1 6359
99999 Don't know 38 6397
. Missing 492 6889