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Table 1 Health Canada food security category specification

From: Perceived barriers in accessing food among recent Latin American immigrants in Toronto

Category labels Category description
  10-item adult food security scale 8-item child food security scale Household food security for household with children
Food Secure 0-1 affirmed responses indicating difficulty with income-related food access 0-1 affirmed responses Both adults and children food secure
Food Insecure, Moderate 2-5 affirmed responses indicating compromise in quality and/or quantity of food consumed 2-4 affirmed responses Either adults or children (or both) food insecure, neither severely food insecure
Food Insecure, Severe ≥ 6 affirmed responses indicating reduced food intake and disrupted eating patterns ≥ 5 affirmed responses Either adults or children (or both) severely food insecure