Codes and Frequencies
For sample children and sample adults (and prior to 2019, all persons) in families for whom it was sometimes or often true that, in the last 30 days, they couldn't afford to eat balanced meals (FSBALANC), or that they worried that food would run out before getting to buy more (FSRUNOUT), or that the food they bought did not last and they did not have money to buy more (FSNOTLAST), FSNOTEAT indicates whether any adults in the family did not eat for a whole day sometime in the past 30 days because there wasn't enough money for food.
FSNOTEAT is one of a set of variables comprising the Family Food Security Supplement, designed to study 30-day family food security. For more information about the measurement of 30-day family food security or for a list of other variables in the Family Food Security Supplement, please refer to FSRAWSCORE.
Beginning in 2019, NHIS data collection changed to select only one sample adult and sample child per household. Accordingly, for 2019-forward, FSNOTEAT is only available for the sample child age 0-17 and the sample adult age 18 and older.
The NHIS questionnaire was substantially redesigned in 2019 to introduce a different data collection structure and new content. For more information on changes in terminology, universes, and data collection methods beginning in 2019, please see the user note.
- 2011-2018: Persons in families where adult(s) cut the size of meals or skipped meals, ate less than they felt they should, were hungry but didn't eat, or lost weight in the last 30 days because there wasn't enough money for food.
- 2019: Sample children age 0-17 and sample adults age 18+ in families where the respondent answered adult(s) cut the size of meals or skipped meals, ate less than they felt they should, were hungry but didn't eat, or lost weight in the last 30 days because there wasn't enough money for food.