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Perceived Hunger in College Students Related to Academic and Athletic Performance

Public Health Department, Keene State College, Keene, NH 03435, USA
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Educ. Sci. 2019, 9(3), 242; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci9030242
Received: 6 August 2019 / Revised: 6 September 2019 / Accepted: 16 September 2019 / Published: 18 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Current Issues and Trends in Higher Education)
The current study examines perceived hunger, which may result from food insecurity, and its effect on academic and athletic performance in students on a liberal arts college campus in New Hampshire. It also examines how students compensate for hunger and their preferences for different types of resources to address hunger. A review of the literature on food insecurity in college students informed the development of a questionnaire on hunger. A mixed-method approach was used to collect qualitative/quantitative data from students of different disciplines. Three hundred and seventy-one students had complete surveys. Thirty-six percent and 34% of students reported that their academic and/or athletic performance, respectively, had been affected by hunger. Forty-seven percent of students responded they would consider taking advantage of an on-campus food pantry. In an open-ended question, students reported concerns about the social stigma related to economic instability and utilizing a food pantry. Our research findings support many on-campus initiatives including the creation of a student-run on-campus food pantry, longer dining common hours, a Swipe It Forward program, and the creation of a task force to address food insecurity on campus and to work with college systems to develop opportunities to better serve students at the college. View Full-Text
Keywords: hunger; food insecurity; academic performance; athletic performance; college students hunger; food insecurity; academic performance; athletic performance; college students
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Hickey, A.; Shields, D.; Henning, M. Perceived Hunger in College Students Related to Academic and Athletic Performance. Educ. Sci. 2019, 9, 242.

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