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Number of meals per day for HH, normally

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MEALSPERDAY reports the number of meals per day the members of the household have, either "usually" or during a recent reference period.

The information in MEALSPERDAY is taken from the household record, linked to the record of the woman respondent. This information applies to household residents, not temporary visitors, so researchers may wish to exclude visitors using the RESIDENT variable (with visitors coded "2").

Comparability — Index



Apart from slight differences in question wording, MEALSPERDAY has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

MEALSPERDAY is a country-specific household variable not included in the standard DHS questionnaire.

Comparability — Uganda [top]

The 1995 Ugandan survey form defines meals as "other than tea and snacks."


  • Tanzania 2004: All women age 15-49.
  • Tanzania 2010: All women age 15-49.
  • Tanzania 2015: All women age 15-49.
  • Uganda 1995: All women age 15-49.
  • Tanzania: 2004-C, 2004-B, 2004-H, 2004-W, 2004-W, 2004-M, 2010-H, 2010-M, 2010-W, 2010-B, 2010-C, 2010-W, 2015-H, 2015-W, 2015-M, 2015-B, 2015-C, 2015-W
  • Uganda: 1995-W, 1995-H, 1995-C, 1995-M, 1995-B