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Portion size: Lunch meat

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For sample adults, LUNMEASIZ reports the person's average portion size (small, medium, or large) when consuming ham or lunch meat. This includes hams that are "baked, boiled, pressed, smoked or fresh, sliced as deli meat, or as a roast or as ham steak" and "all deli-type sandwich meats like bologna, salami, pastrami, corned beef, roast beef, etc." A medium portion size was defined as 2 slices. Researchers may wish to use LUNMEASIZ in conjunction with LUNMEANO, which reports the frequency with which the person ate ham or lunch meat and LUNMEATP, which reports the corresponding time unit.

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

LUNMEASIZ 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 lunch meat during the past year.
  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2 and 2 weeks in quarter 3 (excluded from CACT supplement) who consumed lunch meat during the past year.


  • 1987, 1992