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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014 May-Jun;46(3):209-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.10.007. Epub 2014 Jan 7.

Prevalence and correlates of food insecurity among students attending a midsize rural university in Oregon.

Author information

1
Benton County Health Services, Corvallis, OR. Electronic address: Megan.Patton-Lopez@co.benton.or.us.
2
Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
3
Department of Community Health, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the prevalence and identify correlates of food insecurity among students attending a rural university in Oregon.

METHODS:

Cross-sectional nonprobability survey of 354 students attending a midsize rural university in Oregon during May, 2011. The main outcome was food insecurity measured using the US Department of Agriculture Household Food Security Survey Module: 6-Item Short Form. Socioeconomic and demographic variables were included in multivariate logistic regression models.

RESULTS:

Over half of students (59%) were food insecure at some point during the previous year. Having fair/poor health (odds ratio [OR], 2.08; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.07-4.63), being employed (OR, 1.73; 95% CI, 1.04-2.88), and having an income < $15,000/y (OR, 2.23; 95% CI, 1.07-4.63) were associated with food insecurity. In turn, good academic performance (grade point average of ≥ 3.1) was inversely associated with food insecurity.

CONCLUSIONS:

Food insecurity seems to be a significant issue for college students. It is necessary to expand research on different campus settings and further strengthen support systems to increase access to nutritious foods for this population.

KEYWORDS:

Oregon; college students; food insecurity; rural

PMID:
24406268
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2013.10.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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