Poverty And Its Effects On Children 's Health And Development

982 Words Nov 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Poverty has determined many countries well being, including the United States. Poverty reports have illustrated the different effects poverty is having on people living in these nations. Data has shown how many people in poverty life style are crucial and how the poverty population has changed throughout the years. Poverty in the United States is cyclical in nature with a roughly of 14.8% of Americans living below the federal poverty line equalling to 46.7 million Americans. Poverty is defined by the state, as of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. Poverty has affected many aspects of American’s lives including children’s health and development, children’s education, as well as their emotional outcome and is also one of the leading causes for families going homeless and hungry. Poverty is one of the main reasons families are going homeless, families living under the poverty line are lacking the money to provide food, clothing, needed household items, health care and shelter for their families. In 2014, 48.1 million Americans lived in food-insecure households, including more than 15 million children. Although there are shelters available for assistance, they may not be the greatest source to turn to due to the lack of supplies or rooms. Children and their families living in extreme poverty face many other disadvantages, such as inadequate medical services, unsafe neighborhoods, and low-performing schools. In 2014, the…

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