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Poverty Toll Lasts For Years

September 27, 2011 by  

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 26 (UPI) — A University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher says the ramifications of poverty are far greater than just fiscal or political issues.

David Buys, a postdoctoral fellow in UAB’s Department of Medicine who has researched Alabama’s food insecurity and poverty issues, said the effects of poverty can include stigma and stretch well beyond the obvious. A lack of a sufficient amount of money to live takes a toll on every aspect of life for the 17.3 percent of Alabamians who live in poverty, Buys said.

“The ramifications of poverty stretch into areas of human development and community well-being now and in years to come,” Buys said in a statement. “Desperate times like these in which people are struggling to make house and car payments mean that many families’ typical attention to healthy diets, recreation, physical activity and education may be diverted to working longer hours just to pay basic bills, leaving children without the developmental stimuli that they need to excel now and in the future.”

Lack of healthcare insurance coverage for almost 50 million Americans will take a toll for years to come, Buys said.

“For persons without health insurance who forgo basic healthcare, the likelihood of being able to perform at an optimum level in their family roles, as an employee, or in their community decreases because of health-related inadequacies,” Buys said.

 

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    I would ask young Mr. Buys why someone who is suffering from poverty found reasons to have children. Doesn’t poverty usually mean not having a vehicle? Does Mr. Buys think government has a “duty” to supply people with transportation?
    Without going into related education levels, it might be helpful to know whether Alabamans who are poverty-stricken made any effort to get an education. This article is too short to tell us everything we need to know. The only thing that’s obvious is that young Mr. Buys has an agenda, but objectivity is not a part of that agenda.

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