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Public Health Nutr. 2009 Nov;12(11):2097-103. doi: 10.1017/S1368980009990735. Epub 2009 Aug 4.

Food insecurity prevalence among college students at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

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Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles, PO Box 951772, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772, USA. mchaparro@ucla.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the prevalence and identify possible predictors of food insecurity among college students at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional survey, including the US Department of Agriculture's Household Food Security Survey Module, demographic and spending variables.

SETTING:

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai'i (USA).

SUBJECTS:

Four hundred and forty-one non-freshmen students from thirty-one randomly selected classes.

RESULTS:

Twenty-one per cent of students surveyed were food-insecure, while 24 % were at risk of food insecurity. Students at higher risk of food insecurity included those who reported living on campus and those living off-campus with room mates. Those identifying themselves as Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, Filipinos and mixed were also at increased risk of food insecurity.

CONCLUSIONS:

Food insecurity is a significant problem among college students at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Food availability and accessibility should be increased for these students through the establishment of on-campus food banks and student gardens. Future studies should assess the prevalence of food insecurity in other college campuses nationwide.

PMID:
19650961
DOI:
10.1017/S1368980009990735
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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