Food insecurity : is it an issue among tertiary students

Gallegos, Danielle, Ramsey, Rebecca, & Ong, Kai (2014) Food insecurity : is it an issue among tertiary students. Higher Education, 67(5), pp. 497-510.

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Insufficient access to food is known to compromise tertiary studies. Students often belong to groups known to have poor food security such as those renting or relying on government payments. The present study administered a cross-sectional survey incorporating the USDA food security survey module (FSSM) to 810 students at a metropolitan university in Brisbane, Australia. One in four students indicated they were food insecure, this being double that previously reported for tertiary students and five times that previously reported for the general population. Factors associated with food insecurity included low income, reliance on government support and renting. Students from food insecure households were twice as likely to report only fair or poor general health and three times as likely to have deferred their studies due to financial difficulties. Further, at least 80 % of these students reported that their studies were compromised. Strategies to alleviate food insecurity among students could improve retention rates and educational outcomes.

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ID Code: 61769
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Food security, Tertiary student, Australia
DOI: 10.1007/s10734-013-9656-2
ISSN: 0018-1560
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 12 Aug 2013 22:22
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 17:58

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