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Recode: frequency eating hot dogs, times per year


HOTDOGYR is a 4-digit-numeric variable.

0: Never or less than 6 times per year
9996: Not in Universe
9997: Unknown-refused
9998: Unknown-not ascertained
9999: Unknown-don't know


For sample adults, HOTDOGYR is a recoded variable that reports how many times per year the respondent consumed hot dogs. This includes half-smokes and sausages other than breakfast sausage. This recoded variable is based on the responses to HOTDOGNO, which reports the frequency with which the respondent ate hot dogs and HOTDOGTP, which reports the corresponding time unit. For information about the portion size, see HOTDGNUM.

In 2010, the variable PROCMEATMNO was introduced, which reports how many times the respondent ate processed meats, such as bacon, lunch meat, or hot dogs.

HOTDOGYR 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.


Prior to 2000, respondents were asked about foods they usually ate in the past year. Beginning in 2000, this recall period was reduced to foods the respondent usually ate in the past month. The structure of the responses (recording number of times a food was consumed and the time unit associated with that frequency) makes it possible to compare response categories even with different recall periods.

Beginning in 2000, the field representative's manual indicates that turkey and chicken hot dogs should not be included.

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).
  • 2000: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 1987, 1992, 2000