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For sample adults who consumed pastries in the past year, PASTRYSIZ reports the portion size consumed each time the respondent ate doughnuts, cookies, cake, or pastry. A medium portion was defined as 1 piece, 1 doughnut, or 3 cookies. In 1987 and 1992 sample persons were asked about the frequency and portion sizes of the baked goods included in PASTRYSIZ as well as pie. To improve comparability, the frequency responses were recoded into a single variable that reports how many times per year the respondent consumed any type baked good (SWEETSYR). To determine the proportion of pie (or inversely other baked goods) to total baked goods, please see PIEYR, which reports the number of times the respondent consumed pie in one year. PASTRYSIZ corresponds only to the portion size of doughnuts, cookies, cake, or pastry, but not to pie.

PASTRYSIZ 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 pastry 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 pastry during the past year.


  • 1987, 1992