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Age when first reached highest weight


WTMOSTAGE is a 2-digit numeric variable.

00: Now
95: 95+ years old
97: Not in Universe
98: Unknown - not ascertained
99: Unknown - don't know/refused


For sample persons ages 26 and older who do not have confirmed diabetes, WTMOSTAGE reports the age at which the person first reached their greatest-ever weight. This variable is not edited for plausibility and includes suspect values such as ages under 13 years old.

This question is complementary to DIAMOSTAGE, which was asked of adults ages 26 and older who have confirmed diabetes.

This variable is included in the 1989 Diabetes supplement. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


There are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 1989: Sample persons age 26+ who do not have confirmed diabetes.


  • 1989