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Diseases related to eating habits: Heart disease

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For sample person aged 18 years and over who believe that good eating habits reduce the chances of developing major diseases (EHDEFFECT), EHDHEART indicates whether the respondent believes that heart disease "may be related to what people eat and drink".

Interviewers were instructed to mark all diseases mentioned by the respondent in their corresponding category, but not instructed to provide a list of these disease categories to respondents. Respondents could list more than one major disease.

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


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: Sample persons age 18+ who believe that good eating habits reduce disease.
  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2, and in 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CACT supplement) who believe that good eating habits reduce disease.


  • 1987, 1992