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Food insecurity is a prevalent problem for undergraduate students. The stress associated with food insecurity may reduce academic motivation, which may be linked to academic performance. However, no reports exist in the literature assessing this relationship. An anonymous online survey targeting adults 18 years or older was distributed via social media platforms. The survey included demographic questions, the Food Insecurity Experience Scale, and the Academic Motivation Scale. Data was analyzed using Pearson’s Correlation Correlation in SPSS Version 25.0. A total of 997 participants completed the survey.The results showed significant negative correlations between academic motivation and food insecurity and stress (p<0.01). Caring about attending college and a household running out of food was negatively correlated (p<0.01). Experiencing stress and being unable to eat healthy and nutritious food (p<0.01) were positively correlated. Overall, food insecurity is linked to a negative state of mind, which may reduce academic motivation.



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Effects of Food Insecurity on Academic Motivation Amongst Undergraduate University Students