Murray, S and Peterson, C and Primo Perez, C and Elliott, C and Otlowski, M and Auckland, S and Kent, K, Prevalence of food insecurity and satisfaction with on-campus food choices among Australian university students, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education ISSN 1467-6370 (2021) [Refereed Article]
Purpose: Food insecurity and poor access to healthy food is known to compromise tertiary studies in university students, and food choices are linked to student perceptions of the campus food environment. This study aims to describe the prevalence, demographic and education characteristics associated with food insecurity in a sample of Australian university students, and their satisfaction with on-campus food choices.
Design/methodology/approach: An online, cross-sectional survey conducted as part of the biannual sustainability themed survey was conducted at the University of Tasmania in March 2020. A single-item measure was used to assess food insecurity in addition to six demographic and education characteristics, and four questions about the availability of food, affordable food, sustainable food and local food on campus.
Findings: Survey data (n=1,858) were analysed using bivariate analyses and multivariate binary logistic regression. Thirty-eight percent of respondents (70% female; 80% domestic student; 42% aged 18-24 years) were food insecure. Overall, 41% of students were satisfied with the food available on campus. Nearly half (47%) of food insecure students were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the availability of affordable food on campus. A minority of students were satisfied with the availability of sustainable food (37%) and local food (33%) on campus.
Originality: These findings demonstrate a high prevalence of food insecurity and deficits in the university food environment, which can inform the development of strategies to improve the food available on campus, including affordable, sustainable, and local options.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||food security, food insecurity, university students, college students, campus food environment, sustainable food|
|Research Division:||Biomedical and Clinical Sciences|
|Research Group:||Nutrition and dietetics|
|Research Field:||Public health nutrition|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Health status (incl. wellbeing)|
|UTAS Author:||Murray, S (Ms Sandra Murray)|
|UTAS Author:||Peterson, C (Mr Corey Peterson)|
|UTAS Author:||Primo Perez, C (Dr Carmen Primo Perez)|
|UTAS Author:||Elliott, C (Dr Catherine Elliott)|
|UTAS Author:||Otlowski, M (Professor Margaret Otlowski)|
|UTAS Author:||Auckland, S (Mr Stuart Auckland)|
|UTAS Author:||Kent, K (Dr Katherine Kent)|
|Deposited By:||Health Sciences|
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