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Times per year consumed cheese


CHEESYR is a 4-digit-numeric variable.

0: Never or less than 6 times per year
9995: 9995+
9996: Not in Universe
9999: Unknown-don't know


For sample adults, CHEESYR is a recoded variable that reports how many times per year the respondent consumed cheese. This recoded variable is based on the responses to CHEESENO, which reports the frequency with which the respondent ate cheese and CHEESETP, which reports the corresponding time unit. For information about the portion size, see CHEESSIZ.

CHEESYR 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.


The types of cheese covered by this survey question change slightly between survey years. All survey years other than 1992 specify that cheese includes cheese alone as well as mixed into or part of other dishes like casseroles. Otherwise there are no comparability issues.

Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the supplement was collected) may affect raw frequencies, but do not affect comparability of the variable. As always, data users should use the prescribed IHIS weights.


  • 1987: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from CACT supplement).
  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2, and in 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CACT supplement).


  • 1987, 1992