Food insecurity is a growing problem on college and university campuses for as many as 33% of undergraduate students at 4-year schools. Included among them are student-athletes who are experiencing food insecurity at near similar rates. Those with insufficient resources to access consistent, nutritious food can face barriers that risk their ability to be successful in the classroom as well as in their sport. The prevalence of food insecurity among U.S. undergraduate students, in general, and undergraduate student-athletes, in particular, calls for more information about these experiences. This study was offered exclusively to athletes at a small, private, predominately white liberal arts college in western Pennsylvania using a 17-question cross-sectional survey. The survey results from 424 (N) participants across 22 teams indicated 129, or 29% of the student-athletes experienced some level of food insecurity/hunger. Of the 197 female and 216 male athletes who voluntarily participated, 26.9% of women and 32.4% of men responded in the affirmative to those questions indicating some degree of food insecurity/hunger. Student-athletes identifying as white reported more instances of food insecurity/hunger than did student-athletes of color. Of the 22 teams who participated, 21 showed instances of food insecurity/hunger with these instances occurring while the teams were both in season and out of season. Among student-athletes, as with general campus populations, food insecurity/hunger at a rate of 29% is more than a barrier faced by a handful of individuals. Rather, food insecurity/hunger is a systemic problem that requires systemic solutions.
|Advisor:||Swain, Mary Ann|
|Commitee:||Frazier, John, Strehle, Susan, Garruto, Ralph|
|School:||State University of New York at Binghamton|
|Department:||Community and Public Affairs|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Higher education, Nutrition|
|Keywords:||Food insecurity, Hunger, Student-athlete, Undergraduates|
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