Self-reported weight and predictors of missing responses in youth

Magaly Aceves-Martins, Ross Whitehead, Jo Inchley, Montse Giralt, Candace Currie, Rosa Solà

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Objective:  The aims of the present manuscript are to analyse self-reported data on weight, including the missing data, from the 2014 Scottish Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) Study, and to investigate whether behavioural factors related with overweight and obesity, namely dietary habits, physical activity and sedentary behaviour, are associated with weight non-response. Research Methods & Procedures: 10839 11-, 13- and 15-year-olds participated in the cross-national 2014 Scottish HBSC Study. Weight missing data was evaluated using Little's Missing Completely at Random (MCAR) test. Afterwards, a fitted multivariate logistic regression model was used to determine all possible multivariate associations between weight response and each of the behavioural factors related with obesity.Results:  58.9% of self-reported weight was missing, not at random (MCAR p¿
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-58
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Nutrition
Early online date12 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018



  • Self-reported weight
  • Obesity
  • Missing data
  • Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) Study

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