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Group seeks support for anti-poverty effort - Huntington Herald Dispatch

Group seeks support for anti-poverty effort - Huntington Herald Dispatch | Poverty | Scoop.it
Group seeks support for anti-poverty effort Huntington Herald Dispatch BARBOURSVILLE -- Helping West Virginia children and their families break the cycle of poverty was the subject of the Huntington League of Women Voters meeting Monday afternoon,...
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We all should be grateful that people are stepping out to help people who are living in poverty, helping to make life easier for them. The group is willing to help the children and their families to break the cycle of poverty which is a very commendable effort. Everyone should play a part to support anti-poverty and the phrase "Our children, our future", makes a lot of sense as we help the children out of poverty we would also be giving them a chance to excel and to play an important role in the future which would benefit ourselves as well.

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Poverty and Obesity: Neighbours In Our Own Communities - Huffington Post Canada

Poverty and Obesity: Neighbours In Our Own Communities - Huffington Post Canada | Poverty | Scoop.it
Poverty and Obesity: Neighbours In Our Own Communities Huffington Post Canada The film lays bare the link between poverty, obesity and countless other maladies resulting from the lack of affordable access to healthy food for millions of people in...
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Most of us only thought of poverty as people starving to the point where ribs and bones are all visible. None of us would have thought that not having enough money to buy food would have caused a problem like having more than enough fats to be stored in our bodies, obesity. We should not overlook the fact that the foods which are unhealthy are a lot cheaper than healthier food and a person who is starving and not having enough money would have chose the cheaper option not considering whether it is healthy or not as they could have buy more in terms of quantity compared to the healthier options.

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Ng E-Lin's curator insight, January 21, 2014 10:26 AM

Many of us including me would have thought people living in poverty would be relatively skinny to the extend where bones can be seen. But in fact its not the case all the time. Who would have thought not having enough money to buy food would cause problems like having a really unbalanced, unhealthy diet leading to obesity. People living in poverty tend to go for the cheapest food around, coincidentally the most unhealthy food. They simply do not have any choice. The cheaper the food the more the quantity to them. All they really need is enough food to last them. I realised it is  more then food they have to worry about, they also have to worry about their health too. But sadly health can't be bought easily even they have the money. We should learn to treasure our food more, unlike them, most of us I believe have more then enough to eat. The least we can do is to not waste our food and appreciate what we have on our plates every single day.

Trisha Quek's curator insight, January 27, 2014 9:35 AM

I often complain about being hungry, but i have never felt hunger to the extend that my stomach hurts really badly. There are actually people in other countries that are starving to the extend that they envisions things to become food. The people in countries that are more developed and well to do definitely do not have to feel this kind of hunger. I used to think of poverty as having no money to afford simple necessities in life like food and water, as well as being skinny to the bones. Never did i thought that being in poverty can also lead to obesity. Tremonica is an example. She is an obese seven year old girl in Mississipi. As her family was in poverty, she had to buy the cheapest food so that the money could be used for other necessities. Instead of buying a fruit that has more nutrients, Tremonica's mother bought a packet of chips for her meal as the fruit was more expensive than the packet of chips which are really unhealthy thus, leading to Tremonica being obese. We should really learn to appreciate the environment that we are in, being able to eat good food and not have to worry about buying the cheapest food so as to survive longer.

jadetay's comment, February 3, 2014 8:32 AM
I agree with Trisha's comment. I never think poverty would lead to obesity too. Instead of worrying about the amount of nutrients they have or the amount of food they need to have energy the whole day, they have to worry about even having food to last them throughout the day. This made me look at poverty at another perspective. It isn't just what it simply appears to be, no food no water no basic necessities. It can have a another impact on people example damaging their health just to save money for other needs.
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How Poverty Impacts Students' Test Scores, In 4 Graphs

How Poverty Impacts Students' Test Scores, In 4 Graphs | Poverty | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed that while national test scores are slightly improving, most fourth- and eighth-graders around the country are not proficient in math and reading, and a...
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As the graphs have proven that the number of students that are eligible for free or reduced lunch is a lot larger compared to the students who are not eligible for free or reduced lunch, it shows how much the nutrients we take in from food can help our brain to absorb more informations. I think that everyone should be given enough food so that there will be enough nutrients for everyone to reach their full potential in their studies and not losing out to others just because they do not have enough food compared to the ones have sufficient nutrients.

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