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Table 2 Food Security Using the Six-Item Short Form of the Food Security Survey Module

From: Using direct observations on multiple occasions to measure household food availability among low-income Mexicano residents in Texas colonias

  % (n)
In the past 12 months  
Food that was purchased did not last and didn't have money to get more 100 (6)
Almost every montha 33.3 (2)
Some monthsa 66.7 (4)
Could not afford to eat balanced meals 100 (6)
Almost every monthb 33.3 (2)
Some monthsb 50 (3)
1-2 monthsb 16.7 (1)
Cut the size or skipped meals because there wasn't enough money for food 83.3 (5)
Almost every monthc 16.7 (1)
Some monthsc 66.7 (4)
Eat less than you felt you should because there wasn't enough money for food 83.3 (5)
Hungry but didn't eat because you couldn't afford enough food. 83.3 (5)
Overall food security status (scores 0 - 6)  
   High food insecurity (score = 6) 83.3 (5)
   Food insecurity (score = 2) 16.7 (1)
  1. a Frequency that food did not last and didn't have money to get more
  2. b Frequency that could not afford to eat balanced meals
  3. c Frequency that cut the size or skipped meals because there wasn't enough money for food