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Political economy of poverty

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What is Poverty?
Poverty is defined as the state or condition of privation, or lack of the usual or acceptable amount of money and material possessions, based on total income received (Poverty Definitions, 2013). In the United States, poverty is measured by the “poverty threshold,” which is set by the United States government and adjusted for inflation using the consumer price index. In 2012, more than 16% of Americans and 20% of children lived in poverty. The poverty level in 2012 was $23,050 total annual income for a family of four. About 58.5% of Americans will spend at least one year below the poverty line at some point between the ages of 25-75. Poverty rates tend to be higher in rural and inner city parts of the country, as compared to urban areas. Hypothesis and Methodology

We hypothesize that there is a positive correlation between poverty and nutrition. This paper researches poverty and nutrition from the aspects of obesity, access to healthcare, access to grocery stores, transportation, the price of groceries, availability of fast food restaurants, government initiative programs, malnutrition, education and the school lunch program. What is the Link Between Poverty and Nutrition?

Food insecurity and poverty have become overlapping concerns in the United States (Anderson, 2007). There are two beliefs that have influence on national policy to extinguish poverty. The first belief is that food is the barest resource of the people. Food is extremely bare among urban populations and 50 percent of people in urban populations are malnourished and do not consume enough calories to meet the minimum energy requirements for each day. Also, 40 % of people living in rural areas do not meet daily energy requirement needed to live a healthy life. Ultimately, this statistic concludes that about 250-300 million people are undernourished daily. The second belief is that extinguishing poverty is an important topic because children and adults are...