Food insecurity among female collegiate athletes exists despite university assistance

Crystal Clark Douglas, Simone P. Camel, Wesley Mayeux

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Objective: To determine the prevalence and characteristics of food insecurity among female collegiate athletes. Participants: NCAA Division I female athletes attending a public university located in East Texas in 2018. Methods: A prospective cross-sectional online survey was employed to gather quantitative and qualitative data regarding food security status. Participants were instructed to complete the 26-item questionnaire, including the six-item USFSSM. Results: Participants (N = 78) were 18–22 years of age, largely white (75%). Despite most (89.74%) receiving some form of scholarship and 80% reporting provision of some meals, 32.10% were classified as food insecure. Barriers to food intake were two-fold higher among the food insecure (88% vs 43%, p <.001); limited time (43.6%) and finances (23.1%) were the most frequently reported barriers. Conclusions: Despite university support, food insecurity exists in female collegiate athletes. Outcomes warrant screening for food insecurity, referral to support resources throughout matriculation, and tailored intervention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of American College Health
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Administration
  • athletics
  • community health
  • gender
  • health education
  • nutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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