Thursday, July 5, 2012

Among developed countries, United States ranks second worst in childhood poverty

The United States has the second-highest rate of childhood poverty in the developed world, according to an International Business Times article by Ashley Portero.

This alarming fact comes in the wake of a new report from the United Nations Children's Fund, which found that out of the 35 wealthiest countries analyzed by UNICEF, only one, Romania, had a child poverty rate above the 23 percent rate recorded in the United States, according to the article.

Child poverty in the developed world is more of an issue than many people realize, and the effects can be seen even more starkly when examining minority populations.

Poverty, particularly childhood poverty, is an issue that our country must recognize and face in order to continue on a path of improving the overall health of Americans. Deseret News

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