SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 
vol.35 issue6Validation of a questionnaire to study the prevalence of nutritional supplements used by elite Spanish athletesFood insecurity was associated with low quality diet and low HDL level in mothers of Northwest Mexico relying on fisheries for livelihood author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand

Journal

Article

Indicators

Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO
  • On index processSimilars in Google

Share


Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611

Abstract

ECHE, David  and  HERNANDEZ-HERRERA, María. Studying food security among students: a comparative case study between public and private universities in Quito-Ecuador. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2018, vol.35, n.6, pp.1372-1378.  Epub Feb 03, 2020. ISSN 1699-5198.  http://dx.doi.org/10.20960/nh.1919.

Introduction:

food security (FS) has become a global concern. However, despite the implementation of international policies to promote it, very little is being done to understand the food security, health and nutrition issues in young populations at the university level.

Aim:

to explore the state of food security among two different student populations from private and public universities in Quito, Ecuador.

Methods:

this quantitative study includes students from most of the faculties. A total of 730 students were surveyed at the University of The Americas (private) and Central University of Ecuador (public), Quito, Ecuador.

Results:

according to our results, there is a wide socioeconomic difference among households and students from both institutions; almost 50% of the all surveyed population are food insecure due to the increase of food prices, household food spending and economic restrictions. The results show that student's populations with good food access are food insecure. But, also, food insecurity affects students from households with low income, to the point they have to skip at least a meal a week.

Conclusion:

the findings here show that students from private universities are as food insecure as public university students, despite having better food access. Having good food access and food availability does not mean there is more food security among students.

Keywords : Food insecurity; Nutrition; Health education.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in English     · English ( pdf )