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How often eat poultry with skin on

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For sample adults age 18 and over, CHKSKIN reports how often the person ate chicken or other poultry with the skin on it. Respondents could report often/always, sometimes, rarely or never, or that they do not eat poultry.

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


Apart from changes in the survey quarters in which the question was asked, this variable is comparable over time. 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