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Frequency eating lunch meat, past year: Time period

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For sample adults, LUNMEATP reports the time unit (day, week, month, or year) that corresponds with the frequency with which the person reported eating 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." LUNMEATP should be used in conjunction with LUNMEANO, which reports the corresponding frequency stated by the respondent. For information about the portion size, see LUNMEASIZ.

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.

LUNMEATP 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 adults age 18+ (excluded from CACT supplement).
  • 1992: Half of sample adults age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2 and 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CACT supplement).


  • 1987, 1992