Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults, POTATOMO reports frequency with which the respondent consumed other (i.e., non-fried) potatoes. Other potatoes are described as baked, boiled, or mashed potatoes as well as potato salad. Other survey years report food frequency in a standardized format, recording the number of times a food was consumed and the corresponding time units. Food frequencies in 2005 are instead classified into pre-defined frequency categories. Researchers interested in using all years of available data may consider modifying POTATONO and POTATOTP to correspond to the pre-defined categories used in POTATOMO.
POTATOMO 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.
Data users combining POTATOMO with POTATNO and POTATTP should be aware that prior to 2010, respondents were told not to include sweet potatoes. However, beginning in 2010, respondents were told to include sweet potatoes.
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.
- 2005: Sample adults age 18+.
- 2005 : SAMPWEIGHT