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A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S.

A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S. | Poverty Assignment by_ Ivan Koh | Scoop.it

"Are more and more people in the western world dropping off the radar and becoming the invisible poor or is the opposite happening?  We recently heard that an astounding 46 million Americans are officially below the poverty line (That's $23,050/year for a family of four according to the official sources).  That number really caught our eye and as such we decided to do a little more digging to help put some more facts and figures around it.  Above is a nice visualization of the results we came up with."


Via Seth Dixon
Ivan Koh's insight:

This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder.
From this statistic, i can see alot of statistic about the number of people who are poor and the people's opinion related to poverty and welfare. In the article, i can see that 46million american are considered to be poor, and form the authors opinion, to prevent porverty, we should manage our wealth and make sure that we earn more than we spend.

I think that from the statistics, most people are poor mostly due to the fact that  they were uneducated in alot of ways. From the statistics, 1.2 million students drop out from high school every year. Thus, these people were mostly uneducated and cannot find a proper job, leading to drugs and borrowing of money. i also think that most people are poor because they are lazy and do not want to help themselves, as agreed by half of the americans that the poor are not doing enough to help themselves, and by 43% of americans that people who are poor can find a job if they are willing to work.

This article and statistics makes me wonder why american governments are not doing enough to educate students the importance of jobs and studies. Because people who are poor can actually work, but are too lazy to do it, this also makes me wonder why the government are giving money to the poor when they are able to help themselves 

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Niu Zi Bin's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:00 PM

Is this happening in other developed nations?

 

Chandrima Roy's curator insight, January 14, 2013 3:36 AM

wow

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:36 AM

The insight of this article merely showed that more and more people does not really have  a good financial health, which also has translated into people wer e "invisible poor" especially those living in the western world. Comparison had been made on its poverty line between USA and UK statistics.

In my opinion, managing a country's budget its not an easy task, this is because a country need competitive global presence and to boost the economy. People need to produce more and more services outside its own country.

I have often thought that a country's population does have an impact on a country's economic growth.

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Poverty in Asia

Poverty in Asia | Poverty Assignment by_ Ivan Koh | Scoop.it
Poverty in Asia on Japan, South Korea, China, India and Cambodia, and poverty in South Asia (World Poverty | Poverty in Asia: a look at causes and solutions http://t.co/NRpYp7K7)...

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder.
In the article and statistics, i see that most of the people who are poor comes from Asia. I also see that the cost of living, such as land cost and housing cost are expensive. I also see that most people suffering from poverty in Asia have inadequate access to medical necessities. From the picture, i can see that a flood recently happened and the children are trying to recover from it.

From the article, i think that most of the poor people comes from Asia because   of many factors. Such include education, pricing problems, and mainly because of population. With the population becoming too great, competition for jobs are increased, leading to more who have no work and thus no money to pay for their child's education. Land and housing is expensive as Asia suffers from land constraint. especially in well developed countries. With too much population it is hard to help everyone in medical problems. The cost of having too many children is also another main factor that causes poverty.

In countries like india where poverty is very well known, why does government still not do enough to help the poor? When countries get hit by disasters, why other country does not help each other?

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Bunaiya Zuhairin's comment, January 28, 2014 10:38 PM
Wealth are not distributed widely well around the world. Poverty in Asia are also caused by rising population growth and population growth can't be controlled..Food supply, safe water and good education are not sufficient in these poor countries.
Casey Tan's comment, January 28, 2014 10:40 PM
I totally agree with kai yang
Casey Tan's comment, January 28, 2014 10:40 PM
I totally agree with kai yang
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UK's food poverty revealed: nutrition falls as fruit and veg prices rise

UK's food poverty revealed: nutrition falls as fruit and veg prices rise | Poverty Assignment by_ Ivan Koh | Scoop.it

Annual food survey shows that households are ditching fresh, healthy foods and 'trading down' to counter rising prices

The UK's poorest households are being disproportionately hit by the impact of soaring food prices, according to new government figures that also show the consumption of every major nutrient has fallen in the last four years.

In order to cut costs since 2007, UK households have bought less bread, lamb, beef, fish, fruit, vegetables, potatoes and alcoholic drinks – but more bacon.

The government's annual Family Food survey, which provides the most detailed annual snapshot of food and drink spending and consumption, found that weekly spending per person on all household food in 2011 was £27.99, an increase of 1.5% on the previous year. But because of price rises, that bought less food - 4.2% less in 2011 than in 2007.


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From this article, i see that during the year 2007 onwards, the price of food has increased alot. The rich are however, consuming more food. To cut cost, super markets have bought less food to sell. Many have also started eating unhealthily to cut cost and some has even consume less than they should.

This makes me think that the poor would be affected most as the rising prices would cause the poor to not be able to afford food. Thise may lead to malnutrition to one's family.The affected live may also be disrupted especially for the poor as their expenditure would have to go more on food. This is also the time for fast food restaurants to promote their food as their food are not as expensive but unhealthy, thus in this time there will be many people who will be unhealthy or suffering from malnutrition.

This article makes me wonder why the government is not doing enough to help the poor regain their proper health consumption, as the rising prices of food is not caused by them, it is not their probelm. This article also makes me wonder why are there shortages of food, such that prices would be affected to a great extend.

 

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:39 AM

Some countries with poverty benefitted from a tropical climate with lush vegetation and a diverse range of crops that grow all year round. This highlights just how important agriculture is to reducing poverty in some countries. As those who have poverty will have the vegetation and crops that they got and they can eat without searching for any vegetation and crops desperately. So the lesser the vegetation and crops import from other countries, the higher the price it can be.  The country should be part of the biggest exporters of a variety of products, and a much larger proportion of peoples should reap the fruits of this trade. In general, whenever the country experiences periods of economic growth, they match improvements in agriculture. It provides tons of food, jobs, raw material for other sectors (e.g. cattle) and higher income. Even today as the service sector is taking off; agriculture remains an important aspect in the country’s economy. Several studies confirmed what was obvious to everyone: people with larger farm land, those with access to loans or production assets, as well as people closer to local markets all showed much lower poverty rates than the rest. Integrating thousands of households into local markets and teaching more advanced agricultural techniques are also essential aspects to reducing poverty in some countries. In many ways this implies more government intervention, at least to invest in basic infrastructure such as roads and cheap public transportation so that people are given the opportunity to go to town and sell their crops.

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:45 AM

Nutrients are important, especially important for children when they need the nutrients to grow. Without these nutrients, people might have deficiency diseases due to lack of nutrients or obesity due to consuming junk food and sugary drinks. I think that household markets should have an affordable prices for average household families to buy their essential daily needs. If the prices of the products are continuously increasing, I doubt that any of the families will be able to afford it and both the families and the supermarket will suffer. In my opinion, I think that the government should manage the rising prices of products in the supermarket, instead of helping out the families with financial difficulties as a larger number of people will benefit.

Jasmine Tan's curator insight, March 2, 2013 1:04 PM

See. Think. Wonder.

From this article, I can see that many people are starting to not consume or buy fruits and vegetables, because they are increasing in price and instead bought quite unhealthy food. I believe this is because if the lack of harvest, thus the markets are selling things at a higher price.

It makes me think of the other countires which have fuits and vegetables of the same pricing as usual, why do people still not want to buy them? They know that fruits and vegetables are healthy for them. This also brings back to the point where the lack of money does not let one eat well and healthily.

I wonder if the country can import more fuirts and vegetables from other countires so that they have more to sell, and that they would not have to increase the price of the things which they are selling.

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» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology

» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology | Poverty Assignment by_ Ivan Koh | Scoop.it
There is a vicious, self-reinforcing cycle of poverty associated with mental illness. You become poor. Sometimes through circumstances well beyond your control,

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This is my insight using 4c.
From this article, i already know that most people that has mental illness are more likely to live in porverty as one who cannot work properly because of sickness would most probably not be able to find a job, leading to porverty. 

However the idea in this passage is that many people who live in porverty would most likely develop many problems such as health risk, risk of developing mental illness and stress. On the other hand, many people who was born with mental illness already are also more likely to live in porverty. It seems to me that both are related.

According to the passage, it is mentioned that when the government tries to help by giving money to the poor, it only further stresses the victim. However, by giving victims mental health intervention programs, victims seems to have their financial situation improved as their mental health improve. Thus i think it is easier to help the victims in their mental health instead of financial as people with proper health can work normally and eradicate themselve of porverty.

However, the situation of mental illness gained through porverty would not have happened if the person would have not gotten porverty in the first place. By not doing the right thing to earn themselve proper health condition, it would not lead to mental health problems, then being unable to help themselves.


 

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:13 AM

People who live in poverty are at increased risk of mental illness compared to their economically stable peers. Their lives are stressful. They are both witness to and victims of more violence and trauma than those who are reasonably well off, and they are at high risk of poor general health and malnutrition. The converse is also true: When people are mentally ill, they are at increased risk of becoming and/or staying poor. They have higher health costs, difficulty getting and retaining jobs, are less productive at work, and suffer the social stigma and isolation of mental illness. There are different types of interventions undertaken in several low and middle-income places. The authors first looked at programs intended to improve individual or family economic status and monitored changes in measures of mental health including stress and depression in adults, childhood behavior problems, childhood cognitive development, and adolescent self-esteem.

 

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:53 AM

Poverty not only affects the person physically but also mentally as the person will feel more stress with the unknown future, whether they will live or die.  Since their fate cannot be controlled by them, they will have the insecurity and would be more prone to suffer from mental illness. I think that these people should at least be given a chance to earn some money. It is saddening when you see all those people living in poverty lying at the sides of the streets. However, do the people feel this way for them? 

Hilal Iryandy's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:06 AM

This article shows that poverty led to both mantal illnesses and diseases. They have suffer hunger and stress causing both diseases and emotional breakdowns.They lost their family, friends and belongings. I just wonder what can be done to make their lives happy.

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To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital | Poverty Assignment by_ Ivan Koh | Scoop.it
Eradicating poverty can involve many varied and innovative approaches according to circumstance. But a universal factor is that development of livelihoods depends on communities enjoying good health and access to education.

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From this article, i already know that many people in the world, going to more that millions have no access to clean water. I also know that clean water is expensive.

The big idea in this article is that out of all forms of poverty, the need for water is the most important. Because water shortages is existent in other countries, having enough food or a good income would still not be enough for survival. In this article, it is said that with access to water, the eradication of poverty from one's live is easier. With such improvement, one does not need to worry about survival and can take this oppotunity to help themselve.

Hence, this article encourages us to help those in need of water first. By prioritizing the improvement of water, proper hygiene are made possible in less developed countries, giving them more hope to help themselves.

However, solving the problem of water shortage may not be as easy as other forms of poverty. In some climates of some countries, water is not obtained very easily. Creating machines that can convert used water into clean water can be very expensive. Some country own a portion of the world's supply of water, buying from them is also expensive. Thus, solving the problem of water  shortage may be important, but it is not easy.

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Bryan Lau's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:07 AM
From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water. 
Jasmine Ng's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:11 AM

From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water.

Wong Jia Ler's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:04 AM

After seeing the article, we should realise how fortunate we are when we have a tap with an unlimited supply of water thanks to our goverment, while we look at these people. They travel miles to get water and some even drink dirty water, this shows us that help must be given to these people as they are suffering although they actually can have clean water, its just that we are not acting to help them. Will the world help them, or would they just simply say ''its not my problem'' , this will depend of you, people could be saved if you just take it to concern and help out

 

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A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S.

A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S. | Poverty Assignment by_ Ivan Koh | Scoop.it

"Are more and more people in the western world dropping off the radar and becoming the invisible poor or is the opposite happening?  We recently heard that an astounding 46 million Americans are officially below the poverty line (That's $23,050/year for a family of four according to the official sources).  That number really caught our eye and as such we decided to do a little more digging to help put some more facts and figures around it.  Above is a nice visualization of the results we came up with."


Via Seth Dixon
Ivan Koh's insight:

This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder.
From this statistic, i can see alot of statistic about the number of people who are poor and the people's opinion related to poverty and welfare. In the article, i can see that 46million american are considered to be poor, and form the authors opinion, to prevent porverty, we should manage our wealth and make sure that we earn more than we spend.

I think that from the statistics, most people are poor mostly due to the fact that  they were uneducated in alot of ways. From the statistics, 1.2 million students drop out from high school every year. Thus, these people were mostly uneducated and cannot find a proper job, leading to drugs and borrowing of money. i also think that most people are poor because they are lazy and do not want to help themselves, as agreed by half of the americans that the poor are not doing enough to help themselves, and by 43% of americans that people who are poor can find a job if they are willing to work.

This article and statistics makes me wonder why american governments are not doing enough to educate students the importance of jobs and studies. Because people who are poor can actually work, but are too lazy to do it, this also makes me wonder why the government are giving money to the poor when they are able to help themselves 

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Niu Zi Bin's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:00 PM

Is this happening in other developed nations?

 

Chandrima Roy's curator insight, January 14, 2013 3:36 AM

wow

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:36 AM

The insight of this article merely showed that more and more people does not really have  a good financial health, which also has translated into people wer e "invisible poor" especially those living in the western world. Comparison had been made on its poverty line between USA and UK statistics.

In my opinion, managing a country's budget its not an easy task, this is because a country need competitive global presence and to boost the economy. People need to produce more and more services outside its own country.

I have often thought that a country's population does have an impact on a country's economic growth.