Codes and Frequencies
FSLOSEWTM indicates whether or not the respondent in the supplement household has lost weight because there was not enough money to buy enough food in the past 30 days. This question is asked only of respondents who reported losing weight in the past 12 months (FSLOSEWT).
This question is one of the 18 items used to construct the 30-day household food security scale, FSSTATUSM. Households are screened into Food Sufficiency and Food Security section of the supplement based on income and preliminary questions on food access (see FSSCREEN for more information).
This variable is generally comparable over available years since 1995, and the universe is generally consistent since 1998. From 1998 onwards, both the preliminary screening questions and the internal screening questions that precede FSSKIPMO are consistent over time. Specifically, only households that in the past year did not have enough to eat (FSFOODS), worried about running out of food (FSWROUTY), ran out of food (FSBUYMR), or did not eat balanced meals (FSBAL) continue on to answer FSLOSEWT and FSLOSEWTM.
Prior to 1998, both the internal screeners and the screening procedures used to determine which households were screened into the food security assessment varied. Researchers need account for this when including data prior to 1998.
- Apr 1995: Households in which the respondent reported losing weight in the past year under the 1995 screening procedures.
- Sep 1996: Households in which the respondent reported losing weight in the past year under the 1996 screening procedures.
- Apr 1997: Households in which the respondent reported losing weight in the past year under the 1996 screening procedures and that are in months-in-sample 1-3 and 4-7.
- 1998-2017: Households in which the respondent reported losing weight in the past year under current screening procedures.
- Apr 2001: Households in which the respondent reported losing weight in the past year under current screening procedures and who are in months-in-sample 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8.
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