Essay On Effects Of Poverty On Nutritional Health Of Children
Dorothy Greenstein lives in southern California and does not worry about where her next meal will come from. This has not always been the case for Greenstein. When Greenstein was asked to describe her childhood, the story is much different than her conditions now. Greenstein recalls that “since year eight years young I ate mostly potatoes with cabbage soup and stale dark bread” (Greenstein, 2016). She goes on to state that when she was on her own she was scared and others were afraid to help her. Greenstein states:
I suffered hunger and being scared stiff for six long weeks and some days too. Only when I was a mother 's helper to a Polish Christian child at eleven years old I …show more content…
The first reason he reports is the large number of the population suffering from food insecurity. Gunderson reports, “In 2013, 21.4 percent of children in America (15.7 million) lived in food-insecure households, and almost half of these children experienced food insecurity themselves” (Gunderson, 2015, p. 97). Gunderson goes on to describe the second reason as the evidence of a negative impact on the child’s health (Gunderson, 2015).
Sara Rosenbaum and Robert Blum address the relationship between poverty and health in children in the article How Healthy Are Our Children. They describe the impact that society, exposure to toxic substances and food insecurity have on the health of a child. They report that issues in childhood have an impact into adulthood. Rosenbaum and Blum state: “Poor health is disproportionately associated with poverty, as well as with minority status and residence in single parent households, the same households that are most likely to face deep and entrenched poverty” (Rosenbaum & Blum, 2015, p. …show more content…
It is a problem here in Lincoln Nebraska. An article in the Lincoln Journal Star reports that one third of Lancaster County families’ report that poverty has been passed down through generations. This was taken from The Face of Poverty report that was a survey of 965 clients at the Center for People in Need in December 2014. The article considered poverty as more than a lack of finances and said: “It is also about hunger, a lack of shelter, being sick and unable to see a doctor, and not knowing how to advance one’s future, among other concerns” (Anderson, 2015).
Dorothy Greenstein still speaks to the youth of her community about her experience in Nazi Poland. Her story is one of strength, endurance and faith. Greenstein states “in spite it all. I never gave up and had faith and hope that tomorrow will be better. The above kept me going from day to day and night to night. I myself cannot understand how I kept going and persevering” (Greenstein, 2016). It took the Liberation of Warsaw to end Greenstein’s struggle with hunger. She was the one person who can share the story of her triumph over the horror she experienced as a child. In 2016, in the Unites States of America, there are many children who will go to bed tonight praying that they will overcome their struggle with