We’ve learned that, especially during the current pandemic, food insecurity is linked to not only physical health but mental health. In a study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, researchers found that about 15 percent of students qualified as food insecure. The study surveyed college students from 1999 to 2003, then followed up on them in 2015 to 2017.
The data used in the study comes from a long-running project called Panel Study of Income Dynamics, which is government-funded. The longitudinal study has followed thousands of families in the U.S. since 1968 using annual or biennial surveys. The surveys asked about sociodemographic, economic and health information on all the family members.