Poverty And Its Effects On Children

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POVERTY & MALNOURISHMENT

Childhood and adolescence are expected to be the times of great functioning and physical health, yet poverty provokes this from occurring and children face poor health. Children living in poverty are at immense risk for their development, health and overall well-being. According to Komro, 2011, the absolute rate of poverty among children is higher in the United States than in other industrialized nations. Nationally, One in five children are living in poverty (Raphel, 2014). Malnourishment is one of the numerous outcomes from poverty; children are suffering each day in America with this threat to their health. Malnourishment is a result of either not having sufficient nutrients in their diet or having it excessively that it causes health problems. Poverty affects a broad diversity of people from different ages, cultures or diversities. While the overall poverty rate in the US in 2009 was 14.3%, it seemed to be higher among female-headed households (29.9%), African Americans (25.8%), Hispanics (25.3%), children (20.7%) and those living in central cities (18.7%), (Komro, 2011). Living in poverty poses a great risk already, but also living in an area of concentrated poverty makes it difficult to grow and thrive. Typically, schools with great proportions of low-income families have low education achievements. With that factor alone comes great risk for oppression and other risk factors. With the given circumstances, children are at risk of poverty…
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