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Table 1 Affirmative Responses to Food Security Items (n = 610)

From: Association of Household and Community Characteristics with Adult and Child Food Insecurity among Mexican-Origin Households in Colonias along the Texas-Mexico Border

  Frequency of Occurrence
Food security item Any (Sometimes or Often) Often Sometimes
Household items    
1 Worried that food would run out before I get money or food stamps to buy more 81.0 17.9 63.1
2 Food bought didn't last and I didn't have money to get more 73.6 12.6 61.0
3 We eat the same thing for several days in a row because we only have a few different kinds of food on hand and didn't have money to buy more 65.1 11.0 54.1
4 Ran out of food needed to put together a meal and didn't have money to get more 71.1 11.6 59.5
Adult items    
5 Can't afford to eat properly 61.8 10.2 51.6
6 Respondent hungry but didn't eat because couldn't afford enough food 58.5 10.0 48.5
7 Respondent ate less than he/she felt should because didn't have enough money for food 58.8 9.3 49.5
8 Adult(s) cut size or skipped meals last month because not enough money to buy food 60.0 10.7 49.3
Child items 1    
9 Cannot give child(ren) a balanced meal because can't afford it 59.7 10.1 49.6
10 Child(ren) not eating enough because can't afford enough food 53.7 8.9 44.8
11 Child(ren) are hungry sometimes, but can't afford more food 51.0 8.5 42.6
  1. 1 Included only households with children (n = 484)