Poverty and Its Effect on Society

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Poverty and its Effect on Society

Le’Quisha Davis

SOC 100 – Introduction to Sociology

Professor Lisa Riggleman-Gross

January 29, 2012


The United States has one of the strongest economies in the world. Even in light of recent events such as the economic collapse and recession, the U.S. reported a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $47,200 per capita in 2010 (estimated). The U.S. has maintained its status as the largest and most technological country due to its market based economy (CIA-The World Fact Book). However, while the U.S. has reported such high numbers in GDP, we rank third in poverty with a 17% poverty rate. This ranking is among the top thirty of
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According to the National Institute of Health, in 2011 823 million was spent in research dollars on obesity. However, only 15 million was spent on homelessness(Estimate of Funding of Various Research, Condition, and Disease Categories; National Institute of Health) , and data from the Department of Health and Human Services showed that in 2011 2.4 million was awarded to research poverty (Poverty Research Center FY 2011 Announcement of Award, Department of Health and Human Services). Somewhere there is a major disconnect in this country when how much a person weighs is more important than if they have a job or adequate shelter.

The issue of have and the have-nots has existed ever since man has walked the earth. Throughout history there is proof that people have always lived in some form of poverty whether it be as serfs, slaves, or immigrants to the U.S. living in ethnic ghettos. The number of people living in this country has risen sharply since WWII, and unless the cause, and treatment for the disease is seriously studied, it will continue to be the cancer of our nation.


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