Applied Project 2 SOC 150

Applied Project 2 SOC 150 - 1 The extent of poverty in the...

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1 The extent of poverty in the world is best seen in low-income countries rather than the United States because it is more common place in other parts of the world. In fact, the United States government only classifies roughly twelve percent of the population as poor; whereas in other places around the world the vast majority lives no better than even the poorest individuals of the United States and many live a lot worse. In Africa, for example, one third of the population of children is malnourished. Globally, seventeen percent of people suffer from chronic hunger. In the Asian, African and Latin American countries, well over 500 million people are living in what the World Bank has called "absolute poverty.” In the U.S. hunger and race are related. In 1991, forty-six percent of African- American children were chronically hungry, and forty percent of Latino children were chronically hungry compared to sixteen percent of white children. Malnutrition makes these individuals more susceptible to disease, illiteracy, warfare and slavery. The infant mortality rate is closely linked to inadequate nutrition among pregnant women. African-American infants die at nearly twice the rate of white infants. With this in mind, it is clear that being born black and poor in any nation an individual’s life expectancy is less than half of the average white baby. Similarly, growing up black and poor an individual is also more susceptible to contracting HIV,
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