Poverty is one of the world’s biggest problems. It has been for a very long time and it still is today. It is a pervasive issue that many politicians and humanitarians have debated on for ages, and with good reason. For some reason, despite all of our best efforts (not just ours but the world over!), we just can’t seem to get rid of the problem of world poverty. But before we even begin to work on that problem, we should at first try to address the issue within our own borders.
I can’t say that I have ever lived a life of poverty. I have been fortunate enough to have never had to worry about losing the roof over my head.
However I have seen many who suffer…and I can see that it affects entire families. Most obviously, it affects their health.
How does poverty affect a family’s health, you ask? Well… here’s how.
People Living in Poverty Have Little Choice with FoodDespite the fact that those who are unemployed or getting by on a low income in the UK get benefits to aid them, it is often that these people don’t get much choice what food they eat. This is because they have to make do with what they can afford, or if not, then they have to make do with what they are given at the food banks. And as a result…
MalnutritionThe first thing that happens of course is malnutrition. Depending on what the family is able to eat, the malnutrition can range from slight to quite severe. This can result in an unhealthy appearance—dark circles under the eyes, brittle nails, easily breakable hair, dull skin and hair…
But what most people don’t know is that it can also cause…
ObesityI often hear the comment “if they’re so poor, then why are they so fat?” from people who have simply no clue why obesity is often linked to poverty. Here’s a quick explanation: people who live in poverty have no choice what they eat, or if they do, then they have very little choice. Often they get what they can afford or what they are given.
So if they can only get their hands on the cheapest food, most often that will mean it is processed, with all sorts of additives and preservatives. Often those processed foods are loaded with sugar and with fat. This sort of food often has little to no nutritional value. And it’s alright to eat once in a while, but eat it with regularity…and obesity is one of the most common outcomes (apart from a host of other problems).
Pets are Affected TooPets are extensions of families and believe it or not… their health gets affected by poverty too. They too get dull coats and dry noses. If the family can’t afford wet and dry pet food, then often the pets will have to make do with the same food that the family does.
So again… poverty is an issue that needs to be addressed. Or at the very least, unemployment (and underemployment) should be an issue that should be addressed. Families deserve to be able to eat properly and at least be able to maintain decent health.