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FSATELESS
Ever ate less than felt should because not enough money, last 30 days

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Description

For persons in families for whom, in the past 30 days, reported it was sometimes or often true that they couldn't afford to eat balanced meal, or that they worried that food would run out before getting to buy more, or that the food they bought did not last and they did not have money to buy more, FSATELESS reports whether the person (or any other adults in the family in quarters 3 and 4 of 2013) ate less than the person felt she/he should because there wasn't enough money for food in the past 30 days.

The variable FSATELESS combines different versions of this question which were tested in different quarters; for more details see the comparability tab as well as the "universe" tab and the "code" tab for more information on changes in the universe and the responses.

Comparability

This variable was introduced in 2011. In 2011, 2012, and quarters 1 and 2 of 2013, family respondents were asked if they had ever eaten less than they should because there was not enough money for food. In quarters 3 and 4 of 2013, a random number generator was used to determine which of two versions of this question would be asked. Approximately half of families were flagged to be asked the version from 2011-2012 and quarters 1 and 2 of 2013 (asked only of the family respondent), and the other half were asked a modified, family-style version of the question: "In the last 30 days, did you or other adults in your family ever eat less than you felt you should because there wasn't enough money for food". Users can combine all versions of this question into a simpler coding scheme in 2013 by using only the first digit of the recoded responses (i.e., condense all 10/11/12 responses into a single no category, condense all 20/21/22 responses into a single yes category, etc.). However, the inclusion of other family members as having a potential yes response to this question may affect comparability between the 2011-2012 and the 2013 samples; persons wishing to retain the distinction based on respondent type should use the detailed two-digit codes.

Universe

  • 2011-2012; 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018: Family respondents in families for whom it was often or sometimes true in the last 30 days that their family worried that food would run out before they got money to buy more, or that food that was bought didn't last and they didn't have money to get more, or that they couldn't afford to eat balanced meals.
  • 2013: Family respondents in quarters 1 and 2 and only family respondents (for half of families in quarters 3 and 4) OR family respondents AND any other adults (for the other half of families in quarters 3 and 4) in families for whom it was often or sometimes true in the last 30 days that they worried that food would run out before they got money to buy more, or that food that was bought didn't last and they didn't have money to get more, or they couldn't afford to eat balanced meals

Availability

  • 2011-2018

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