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FSWEIGHT
Ever lost weight because not enough money for food, last 30 days

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Description

For persons in families for whom it 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 that they couldn't afford to eat balanced meals, FSWEIGHT indicates whether the family respondent (or any other adults in the family in quarters 3 and 4 of 2013 only) lost weight because there wasn't enough money for food in the past 30 days.

The variable FSWEIGHT combines different versions of this question which were tested in different quarters in 2013; 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 the quarters 1 and 2 of 2013, family respondents were asked if they had ever lost weight 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 persons 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 lose weight because there wasn't enough money for food". In 2014, the original question that asks only if the family respondent lost weight is used. Users can combine all versions of this question into a simpler coding scheme in 2013 (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.). The inclusion of other family members as having a potential yes response to this question may affect comparability between the 2013 and other samples; persons wishing to retain the distinction based on respondent type should use the detailed two-digit codes.

Universe

  • 2011-2012; 2014-2016 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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