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Portion size: Other cold cereal

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For sample adults, COLDCSIZ reports the portion size eaten each time the respondent consumed cold cereal other than high fiber cereal (e.g., granola or shredded wheat) or highly fortified cereals (e.g., Product 19, Total, or Most), such as Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes. A medium portion was defined as one medium bowl. In 1987 and 1992 sample persons were asked about the frequency and portion sizes of different types of cereal they consumed in the past year. To improve comparability, the frequency responses were recoded into a single variable that reports how many times the respondent consumes any type of cereal, per year (CEREALYR). For the type of cereal consumed most often, see CEREALTYPE. COLDCSIZ corresponds only to the portion size of cold cereal consumed, not other cereal types.

COLDCSIZ 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.


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) who consumed other cold cereals (corn flakes) during the past year.
  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2 and 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CACT supplement) who consumed other cold cereals (corn flakes) during the past year.


  • 1987, 1992