A group of college students on campus
May 24, 2022 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM (MDT)

Food Insecurity and Eating Disorders on Campus

1 CE Credit Hour

Food insecurity is defined as inadequate access to sufficient food, both in terms of quantity and quality (Coleman-Jensen, Rabbitt, Gregory, & Singh, 2015). Notably, food insecurity in college students surpasses the national average, with studies finding that almost 60% of students will experience food insecurity during college, compared to the national average of 11.1% (Henry, 2017). The college population is at high risk of developing an eating disorder, and part of this risk may be explained by food insecurity. Multiple studies have found food insecurity to be associated with eating pathology. A hallmark study conducted on individuals visiting a food bank in Texas found higher food insecurity to be correlated with higher levels of binge eating, overall eating disorder pathology, dietary restraint, compensatory behaviors and weight self-stigma (Becker et al., 2017). Findings of a replication study with a larger, more diverse sample mirrored these results (Becker et al., 2019), and a study looking at the relationship between food insecurity and bulimia nervosa similarly found greater food insecurity to be associated with elevated levels of eating pathology (Lydecker & Grilo, 2019). Together, these findings establish a notable link between food insecurity and eating pathology that will be further examined in this presentation. The importance of addressing eating disorders and food insecurity in college students will be highlighted, and strategies for doing so will be offered.

Educational Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to...

  • Examine the intersection between food insecurity and the development of eating disorders in college students. 
  • Discuss the importance of addressing eating disorders in college students experiencing food insecurity to optimize their social and academic outcomes.
  • List feasible methods to identify, treat and manage eating disorders and food insecurity in this population. 

Available Continuing Education Credit

  • Eating Recovery Center, LLC is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR credentialed practitioners will receive 1 continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this activity.
  • Eating Recovery Center, LLC is approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6815 Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Eating Recovery Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • Eating Recovery Center, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Eating Recovery Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy

There is no fee to participate in this activity. Please contact Casey Tallent for any cancellations at

Conflict of Interest

There is no conflict of interest in the presentation.

Commercial Interest

There is no commercial support for this activity.

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