Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Body Mass Index (BMI)

StudyVanBeuningen & Moonen (2013a): study NL 2007
TitleGezondheid Belangrijker voor Geluk dan Leefstijl. (Health More Important for Happiness then Lifestyle.)
SourceBevolkingstrends, Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS), April 2013, the Hague, Netherlands
URLhttp://www.cbs.nl/NR/rdonlyres/F9E3C2DC-BB64-4DD5-AA51-2AA359F34AF6/0/20130401bb15art.pdf
Public18+ aged, general public, Netherlands, 2007,2008,2009
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Non-Response36%
Respondents N =27358

Correlate
Author's labelBMI
Page in Source 4,8
Our classificationBody Mass Index (BMI)
Operationalization
BMI: (0 to maximum)

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-d
males   r = +.02
females r = -.04
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-d
18 to 25 years:    r =  0,00
25 to 45 years:    r = -0,01
45 to 65 years:    r =  0,01
65 years or older: r =  0,03
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-dOR=1,00
sexe or = 1,18 p< .01
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-dOR=1,01
age 18-25 vs. 65 plus or = 0,70 p<.01


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-dSelfreport on single question:

To what extent do you think of yourself as a happy person?
5 very happy
4 happy
3 neither happy nor unhappy
2 unhappy
1 very unhappy
- don't know


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
OROR: Odds ratio in binary logistic regression.

Happiness is a binary or dichotomous variable with Happy =1 and Unhappy=0.

OR < 1 indicates that the odds of being happy-to-being unhappy
decreases by a factor OR when

1) the corresponding metric correlate increases by one unit
2) the corresponding category of a categorical correlate is compared to the reference category.

OR > 1 indicates an increase by a factor OR for both the above cases.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl