Poverty

From Texas Standard:

The United States Census Bureau dropped new data this week, as part of the American Community Survey, a yearly estimate of a plethora of different topics concerning American households, including numbers on healthcare, income, and poverty.

 


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Texas is one of the top 10 worst states for children, according the State of Texas Children Report - a look at the well-being of children in the State. Some of the report's key findings are: 25 percent of Texas children live in poverty. And 33 percent of Latino or Black children live in poverty. 11 percent of Texas children are uninsured.

As researchers have searched for ways to explain the childhood obesity epidemic in the U.S., many have posited that a child's race or ethnicity alone can put them at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese.

Kim Eagle, a professor of internal medicine and health management and policy at the University of Michigan, was skeptical of this thinking. His hunch was that poverty was a much more important part of the equation.

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Texas continues to be home to some of the poorest counties in the country with poverty most prevalent along the Texas-Mexico border, census figures show.

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Could you live on $2 a day? According to a new book, 1.5 million households and 3 million children face that reality. 

Kathreyn Edin and Luke Shaefer's book, $2 A Dayexplores who these people are, how they live, and why they experience such extreme poverty. Shaefer and Edin partially blame welfare reform and unstable jobs. Americans living on $2 a day must make due with unreliable work hours, unsafe working conditions, low wages, and very limited assistance. 

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