Inequality shows how resources are distributed across the whole society. Inequality is revealed through the average income calculation which depicts the income differentiation between the rich and poor. Inequality highlights how well different states redistribute or share the income they produce.
Hunger is the most commonly used term to describe the social condition of people who frequently experience the physical sensation of desiring food.
World Programme Statistics Show That: More than six million children die from hunger each year Alarmingly, one child dies approximately every 3.6 seconds from malnutrition.
According to the study,"Map the Meal Child FoodInsecurity 2011." As many as 17 million children nationwide are struggling with what is known as food insecurity. This means that one in four children in the country are living without consistent access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy life.
Food insecurity affects cognitive development among young children. Many older children who attend school and suffer from hunger do not perform well in school. Additional research shows that with hunger comes more frequent sickness and higher healthcare costs.
In America statistics show nearly 5.5 million children live with families that have lost homes to foreclosures According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, eight million children live with families where at least one parent has lost a job.
36 percent of households served by the feeding America network include at least one adult who works. 17 percent of adults that were interviewed had attended a technical school or college and were still suffering from hunger. Limited resources prevent nearly 49 million Americans from getting enough food.
Children who are food insecure: Are more likely to require hospitalization. May be at higher risk for chronic health conditions, such as anemia and asthma. May have more frequent instances of oral health problems. Are associated with a poorer physical quality of life that prevent them from fully engaging in daily activities such as school and social interaction with peers.
According to USDA: Households with incomes below the poverty line (19.3 percent) Families with children, headed by single women (13.3 percent) Black households (10.1 percent) Hispanic households (8.8 percent) Households in principal cities of metropolitan areas (6.6 percent)
In 2007 the richest 1% of the American population owned 34.6% of the countrys total wealth. The next 19% owned 50.5%. Thus, the top 20% of Americans owned 85% of the countrys wealth and the bottom 80% of the population owned 15%.
Financial Resources Money Allocation Higher rate of savings and hence asset accumulation by the wealthy Higher net rate of return to assets owned by the rich (the wealthy may have special knowledge, and the level of fees and other charges on their savings will be less than those with small investments) Lower credit costs and credit constraints for the wealthy enhances the level of profits and scope of investment opportunities. Inflation Tax Policy
On December 6, 2011 President Barack Obama addresses Inequality in America: The kind of inequality that we have in America today, higher than at any time since the Great Depression, "hurts us all." The growing inequality and a shrinking middle class are at the root of our economic problems. These trends mean less stable consumption, unsustainable debt, and the concentration of power in the hands of the few. The American Dream of the working man that the United States is a land of opportunity is unraveling. An economy that doesnt work for all of us, isnt working.
According to a New York Times analysis of financial disclosure: The average American’s net worth has dropped 8 percent during the past six years, while members of Congress got, on average, 15 percent richer. Nearly half of Congress — 249 members — are millionaires, while only 5 percent of American households can make the same claim.
The United States Government can bail out Wall Street FinancialInstitutions -- Why not bail out our hungry children?
NBC News has classified middle class families as "the new face of hunger" in America. NBC reports that 40% of all the food produced in the United States is thrown away while 1 in 6 Americans say they dont have enough to eat.
There has been a dramatic increase in hunger in theUnited States in the last three years, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Donate money. Support food banks. Play online games that give back- Some organizations will provide rice for the hungry. Reduce food waste.
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