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Made major changes to diet for health reasons, past 5 years

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For sample adults who made lasting and major changes in what they eat or drink for health reasons, DIETCHANG5Y indicates that the person made these changes within the past 5 years of the survey. This includes both changes the person made after being diagnosed with a disease, or changes to prevent a disease. It does not include temporary changes over a short period of time.

DIETCHANG5Y 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 or see DIETCHANGEV.


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  • 1987: Sample persons age 18+ who ever made any lasting and major changes to what they eat and drink for health reasons.


  • 1987