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Payne-Sturges examines food insecurity among college students

Two articles shine light on growing public health issue

New articles in American Journal of Health Promotion the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by Faculty Associate Devon Payne-Sturges share findings from a pair of surveys examining food insecurity (FI) on campuses.

In the campus project, researchers surveyed over 200 undergraduate students to estimate food insecurity and found that students who were African-American or from other racial/ethnic minority groups, those receiving multiple forms financial aid, or were experiencing housing problems were more likely to be food insecure or at risk for food insecurity.

A literature review shows an even more disturbing set of statistics, with rates of FI among college students at 35% in peer-reviewed and 42% in gray literature. The review identified seventeen peer-reviewed studies and 41 sources of gray literature (out of 11,476 titles). Collective data show that food insecurity among college students is consistently associated with being financially self-supporting, poor health and adverse academic outcomes.

See a comprehensive summary of Dr. Payne-Sturges' latest work