Today is Blog Action Day. Thousands of bloggers will unite to discuss a single issue – poverty. We aim to raise awareness, initiate action and to shake the web!
Poverty is one of the biggest problems in today’s world. A huge number of countries face this terrible issue.
We sadly watch some documentaries on television or read articles about poverty but perhaps only a few people in the United States have a real idea of how severe this issue is in many countries.
The numbers are alarming: half of the world’s population suffers from poverty according to the United Nations. African countries have the highest percentage of people living in extreme poverty. However, the situation isn’t good either in most countries in Asia, Central and South America and even some countries in Europe.
The better definition of poverty is the deprivation of common necessities that determine the quality of life, including food, clothing, shelter and drinking water. We know lack of food and poor diet may lead to an unhealthy life and diseases.
Most kids in the United States have a poor diet because they eat poorly, meaning, lots of candy, fast food, chips, chocolate, fried food, etc. American kids normally drink sodas instead of water. So, what we generally call a poor diet is, in fact, just a “wrong diet”.
The situation is quite different in countries facing poverty. Children have a poor diet because they don’t have food to eat. Starvation is a serious problem, many families cannot afford to feed their children and, therefore, kids eat poorly.
The lack of nutrients from food leads to serious diseases. Life expectancy is a lot shorter in poor countries because citizens are also unable to learn simple ways to treat health issues, such as taking a multi vitamin.
Unemployment is another factor because people do not have enough money to buy supplements or medication to stay healthy. A reality check is sometimes needed for people living in developed countries. We only deal with small social issues and tend to believe it should be considered poverty as well.
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