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How often buy foods labeled low fat

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For sample persons age 18 and over, BUYLOWFAT reports how often the sample person or the person who usually shops for the sample person's food bought items that are labeled "low fat" or "non-fat." Respondents could answer often, sometimes, rarely, or never.

BUYLOWFAT is part of a series of variables initiated in 1987 related to food, food knowledge, and cancer. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2, and in 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CACT supplement).


  • 1992