Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
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Food insecurity among college students is becoming a more widely recognized issue across the country. Recent studies report between 30-50% of college students experience some level of food insecurity, a rate that is nearly two-fold higher than the general public. Although food insecurity has likely existed among this population for many years, it has recently become more intensely studied potentially due to the changing demographic characteristics of the average student. More than ever before, students are single parents, full-time employees, and/or first generation college students. These nontraditional students often experience financial obligations that can impact their ability to access an adequate amount of nutritious food for themselves and their families. This is especially concerning considering food insecurity among college students has been associated with overall poor health, poor eating behaviors, and adverse academic outcomes.
Thompson, Linda L., et al. “Addressing the Issue of Food Insecurity on College Campuses.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, vol. 51, no. 5, 2019, pp. 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2019.03.016