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Table 7 Frequency of consumption of ten food items for each food security item. Figures are frequencies (percent of row total).

From: Reliability and validity of a short form household food security scale in a Caribbean community

  Whether eaten ≥5–6 times per week Whether eaten at least weekly
Item (frequency) Fruit Green vegetables and salads Rice Bread and bread rolls Legumes (peas, beans and lentils) Ground provisions Fish (including shellfish) Sweets, chocolate etc Sweet biscuits or cake Burgers, fried chicken or pizzas
Food secure (397) 218 (55) 202 (51) 254 (64) 272 (69) 173 (44) 253 (64) 255 (64) 116 (29) 161 (41) 106 (27)
Food insecure (134) 53 (40) 37 (28) 87 (65) 84 (63) 67 (50) 103 (77) 70 (52) 31 (23) 47 (35) 40 (30)
3 Balanced meal (162) 70 (43) 48 (30) 101 (63) 103 (64) 84 (52) 117 (72) 96 (59) 47 (29) 61 (38) 39 (24)
2 Food last (109) 44 (40) 30 (28) 67 (61) 65 (60) 50 (46) 82 (75) 62 (57) 28 (26) 34 (31) 24 (22)
5 Skip meals (93) 39 (42) 24 (26) 62 (67) 60 (65) 47 (51) 72 (77) 49 (53) 21 (23) 33 (35) 32 (34)
7 Eat less (75) 25 (33) 16 (21) 50 (67) 41 (55) 38 (51) 54 (72) 46 (61) 21 (28) 23 (31) 22 (29)
8 How often (70) 27 (39) 16 (23) 47 (67) 48 (69) 34 (49) 57 (81) 38 (54) 14 (20) 27 (39) 29 (41)
10 Hungry (31) 13 (42) 9 (29) 23 (74) 18 (58) 10 (32) 20 (65) 18 (58) 12 (39) 7 (23) 6 (19)