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Onset of condition causing need for help eating

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For sample persons who need help with eating due to a disability or health problem, and reported a condition that caused her/his need for help, LAEATONSET reports the length of time since the onset of the condition that causes the need for help with eating.

This variable is part of a series of variables related to the difficulty of doing various activities due to a physical/mental condition, the use of help from others to carry on such activities, and the number of years this difficulty has persisted. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1977: Persons who need help with eating because of a disability or health problem..


  • 1977