Waist circumference

Single Wave Study

General Information

Waist circumference
Project Number
Between November 2009 and January 2010, a study was conducted in the LISS panel into the waist circumference of respondents. The study was designed as an experiment with the purpose of determining the factors that either increase or decrease respondents' willingness to participate in such a study. The figure below presents the course of the study in outline.

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Longitudinal Type
Single Wave Study
Mertens, Stephanie
© 2010 CentERdata
Funding Organization
CentERdata/MESS Project

Datasets and documentation

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Codebook in English
Codebook in Dutch

Data Files

English SPSS file
English STATA file


Variable name Variable Label Variable Type
nomem_encrNumber of household member encryptedpreloaded
bw09a001experimental group compensation for participationpreloaded
bw09a002experimental group consent request with first invitationpreloaded
bw09a003experimental group manner of consentingpreloaded
bw09a004experimental condition feedback of resultspreloaded
bw09a005experimental condition instruction videopreloaded
bw09a006Seen first invitational questionnairederived
bw09a007answer consent question in first invitational questionnairedirectly measured
bw09a008answer consent question in second invitational questionnairedirectly measured
bw09a009I don't want to know the size of my waist circumferencedirectly measured
bw09a010I think it takes too much timedirectly measured
bw09a011I don't like these sorts of measurementsdirectly measured
bw09a012other (namely)directly measured
bw09a013other, but I don't want to give any reasonsdirectly measured
bw09a014Why do you prefer not to participate in the measuring of waist circumference?directly measured
bw09a015Returned the completed consent formconstructed
bw09a016My waist circumference, at first measurement, is in centimeters:directly measured
bw09a017My waist circumference, at second measurement, is in centimeters:directly measured
bw09a018My waist circumference at third measurement is:directly measured
bw09a019I found measuring my waist circumference to bedirectly measured
bw09a020I found measuring my waist circumference to bedirectly measured
bw09a021Would you like to receive the results of this study?directly measured
bw09a022Starting date questionnaireconstructed
bw09a023Starting time questionnaireconstructed
bw09a024End date questionnaireconstructed
bw09a025End time questionnaireconstructed
bw09a026Duration in secondsderived


Questionnaire: Waist circumference

This questionnaire was originally conducted in Dutch.

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Response Information

Response Overview
Selected number of household members: 1500 (100%)
Non-response: 505 (33.7%)
Actual response:  
complete: 658 (43.9%)
incomplete: 337 (22.4%)
Collection Events
02-11-2009 to 27-01-2010
One member per household aged 16 years or older who had not previously participated in a previous study on biomarkers.
Collection Mode
internet survey
Fieldwork Note
a reminder was sent twice to non-respondents