The latest evidence that many American college students are hungry
MarketWatch, Aug. 1, 2017
When discussing college students’ nutrition there’s a word Americans should probably be including: hunger.
Between 2008 and 2014 roughly one in five households with a student enrolled at a two-year college nationally experienced food insecurity, or struggled to regularly access enough affordable, nutritious food, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. Perhaps unsurprisingly, college students especially suffered during the Great Recession and the years since then, the report indicates. The rate of food insecurity among two-year college students peaked at 23.8% in 2012.
Kristin Blagg of the Urban Institute said she was struck by the share of students in four-year colleges who also experienced food insecurity — 11.2% in 2015 — particularly given the media image of a co-ed bounding across the quad with few cares in the world. “Food insecurity among four-year students is substantial,” she said.
The report is the latest study to suggest hunger is widespread among college students, but it comes to somewhat different conclusions than earlier data. A survey of 33,000 community college students in 24 states published earlier this year found that about 46% of students reported cutting the size of their meals or skipping them all together because there wasn’t enough money for food. About half said their food ran out and they didn’t have enough money to buy more.
Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor at Temple University who has been studying food insecurity at colleges for several years, said the method used by the Urban Institute doesn’t capture college students, particularly poor students, where they are.
The Current Population Survey on which the Urban report is based is a phone or in person survey that contacts respondents at their home, which could be any type of dwelling, including a dorm. Goldrick-Rab notes that today’s low-income college students are highly mobile, making them difficult to contact using this method.
“We’ve been calling for a nationally representative study and we think one is desperately needed for many reasons,” Goldrick-Rab said.
“Adequate nutrition is a condition of learning,” she said. It’s awfully hard to concentrate on difficult material if you’re hungry.”
Здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» часто нахваливают псевдодемократическую, якобы процветающую Америку.
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