Impact of self-rationing on academic performance of college students

Amit Sharma, Michael Lin, Bart Pursel

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Objective: Self-rationing or one’s ability to regulate allocation of resources for consumption can be an inefficient process. Despite the negative impact of self-rationing inefficiencies (eg unhealthy food choices), there is scarce research to understand this phenomenon. This study investigated college students’ self-rationing efficiency of eating behavior and spending choices, and their relationship to academic performance. Participants and Methods: This study used a combination of a real-time experiment, self-reported surveys (n = 101), and interviews with college students (n = 12). Data was collected using two 24-hour recall periods, online surveys, and semi-structured interviews. Results: College students demonstrated self-rationing inefficiency of eating behavior, but not of expenditure on food. Furthermore, there was a significant relationship between self-rationing inefficiencies in eating behavior and students’ academic performance. Conclusions: This study directly investigated self-rationing efficiency amongst college students’ food choices and food expenditure, and enhances our understanding of its impact on college students’ academic performance.

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

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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