Essay on Poverty Is More Than Other Illnesses

800 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
According to the United States census bureau, in 2014 there were approximately 46.7 million people living in poverty. A great number of these individuals are suffering from chronic illnesses as well as depression. An article on Gallup, “With Poverty Comes Depression, More Than Other Illnesses,” explores the results from a poll in regards to Americans living in poverty, and how Americans that are living in poverty are more susceptible to depression and chronic illnesses. The article discussed how individuals living in poverty are less likely to eat healthy, due to not having access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables, and in some situations, means to prepare a proper healthy meal. Impoverished Americans they also have poorer health habits compared to someone who is living above the poverty line. This is partly because of not having a safe place to exercise, as well as toxic environmental factors, and not enough money to pay for necessary medicines. Poor health, chronic illnesses, and poor eating habits can prove to be very lethal.
The article found that Americans that are living in poverty typically don’t have adequate health insurance, which may lead to chronic diseases and illnesses such as depression and heart disease going untreated and undiagnosed. Not having adequate health insurance, or in a lot of cases, no health insurance, those living in poverty aren’t privy to their own personal doctor that they see on a regular basis. Some impoverished Americans have…

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