Food Insecurity and Health Behaviors Among a Sample of Undergraduate Students at an Urban University

Bridget Murphy Hussain, Rachel Ryan, Andrea L. Deierlein, Supriya Lal, Jessica D. Bihuniak, Niyati Parekh

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Abstract

Students at universities are experiencing food insecurity, which may be associated with health behaviors. In a pilot study to build a survey that assesses food insecurity and health behaviors among undergraduates, we distributed the survey before (Wave 1; fall 2019) and during (Wave 2; summer 2020) COVID-19. During Wave 1, 41% of students reported food insecurity and 61% met criteria for poor sleep. In Wave 2, 26% reported food insecurity and 49% met criteria for poor sleep. Students experiencing food insecurity were more likely to report poor sleep. This survey will inform recruitment and design of a scaled-up multi-campus study. (100/100 words).

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • college students
  • COVID-19
  • Food insecurity
  • food intake
  • health behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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