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AnneMarie, Los Angeles - wrote on 8/20/2010 1:10:49 PM
Comment:We have to remember that the poorest among us are obese. Also, the poorest among us have the highest number of children. The children are also tend toward obesity. How bad could it be??
Daniel, Chicago - wrote on 8/13/2010 12:35:18 AM
Comment:I am a college student in my second year who is also holding a full-time job. But, I am not struggling in any way. I come from a family of Doctors from Barrington, Il, I believe fate has set me up just fine. But, when I read these statistics and do further research to realise they are true that strikes a note. It hits me in the heart and then in the mind. And it stuns me that others can not feel the same way, not think the same way, but FEEL the same way. Are we not human? Are we all not endowed with that same basic gift of conscience? As a person of olbvious wealth, I am not trying to gloat, it seems to me that this incredible gift is a responsiblity. A responsibilty set upon me by fate, God, humanity, whoever to help my co-human. That child who sits next to me, that father who works long hours and sees nothing for it, or that mother who does the double shift while loving and caring for her children. For some people life is difficult and harsh and mean. For others it is a bliss of freedom and excess. Yet, it strikes me that those with freedom and excess should strive to better themselves by supporting and helping those who struggle. For are we not defined as human first and as such require the fulfillment of the need to help others? To those whose comments I read, that were less than flattering, I ask you "are you human or a robot who seeks their own comfort?" Whether you believe in a God or not there is a conscience (and if you do not believe in that go make a child cry and tell me you don't feel a tinge of loathing and regret towards yourself) and that conscience is hardwired in a way that demands social justice and freedom. When you can look a starving child in the face while you eat or go and visit the slums of Africa and not feel some sort of regret and despairity, then you are not human. You are a form of evil unbeknown to me and hopefully an evil that does not exist. For a human without a conscience is not a human but a demon, an evil that has no right to life or freedom.
rick, edinburg - wrote on 7/20/2010 12:56:05 AM
Comment:I believe USA is a poor country not because people dont have what to eat. I believe USA is poor, because we don't have a strong and original culture, white people are not having family, and Minorities are going to be the future of this country. We are not appreciating the benefits of the mixture of cultures, we are not accepting the Spanish language as our second language, we are not legalizing the immigration, we are not creating a healthy society, instead we are creating intolerance, racism, division among cultures and our new generations are extremely stupid with no identity. Our new young people, dont want to create jobs, they just want to work to obtain a check and get fun over weekends, the issue of the family and values are totally lost in our new generations. And, all these factors, is going to contribute in many ways, that our country is going to be poor in about 30 or 40 years. I know all this is very hard to understand, but in my opinion, our society is very poor, if we compare it to an European society or with a Asian society. The USA is getting stupid!
Sambhunath Tiadi, Bhubaneswar(Orissa) - wrote on 7/10/2010 12:52:19 PM
Comment:I was searching for it. Excellent. Vital information. God bless you.
Rubina Iqbal, Vallejo Ca - wrote on 6/12/2010 12:14:40 AM
Comment:Wow San Saeteurn that is the exact ignorance that keeps these children starving. You are privileged enough to have the foods you desire, yet feel like you deserve it. You should be thanking God that you are blessed enough to eat. Children do not choose to be homeless and starving. They are just born into the wrong families, being blessed should make you grateful and want to help those who cant help themselves and helping those who can realize it. Your half eating stake can be put in the fridge for lunch tomorrow, not thrown away and then you make a new meal and throw half of that away. That is horrible that people are knowingly wasteful and I cant believe people think like that and believe that it makes any sense. Its just sad.
Richard Udale, Decatur AR - wrote on 6/9/2010 7:09:06 PM
Comment:Help our poor neighbours whenever we can. Which is always possible it is a question of taking responsibility as a member of society.
Reduce food waste, yes. One way to start on that is to stop subsidising food production and let us all pay the real price of food. It will go up considerably if production subsidies are eliminated. If people in the developed economies have to work longer to pay for their food they may value it more. Hit us wasters where we feel it; in our wallet.
San Saeteurn, Marysville, CA - wrote on 6/1/2010 2:20:14 PM
Comment:I see the point that Americans waste a lot of food. But the truth is, what the hell am I suppose to do with that food? Do you expect me to only buy what I want to eat at that very moment in time. Expecting me to go shopping every time I get hungry and only buy just the right amount I need? Well, aside from the fact that I don't have time to do that, it will also cost me more in gas driving back and forth. There will inevitably be left overs. If starving kids on the other side of the world want my half eaten steak, they can have it. But last I checked, I couldn't donate half eaten food. I have cravings and I eat what I want to eat, and I can afford to, so I will continue to. If I get full and can't finish my meals, I will throw it away. If I bought something thinking I wanted to eat it and forgot, then it goes bad in my fridge, I'll throw it away. I earned it, I can do what I want with it. You can't expect me to be able to predict my cravings in the future a week in advance.
alex, milwaukee - wrote on 5/26/2010 2:48:11 AM
Comment:that's a really poor (pun not intended) argument. Food waste vs. hunger? So what are the hardworking, responsible people supposed to do? Buy less food, or save the scraps? I can do whatever i want with my food, actually, i think i'll go throw away a brand new piece of steak. While you're starving think bout the mistake of having 10 kids when you couldn't even support yourself. (just noticed this is an islamic site, so i doubt my message will get through)
Dillon Allen, Moraine - wrote on 5/24/2010 12:51:35 PM
Comment:This article has deffinatly showed me that the poverty rate in America and the world it's self is a crisis that needs to be tended to. BUt I have not seen any probable solutuions to fixing this epidemic. Americans are greedy, selfish, maniacle, egotistical and we're way over our heads here. With us just coming out of this recession th0ugh, we all know that the government isn't going to be shelling out a whole lot of money to fix the crisis. WE need to show the children of America these struggles and stop censoring them, so that maybe one day they will greow up knowing these struggles and fix this. Our generation will make little, if any effect on the war on poverty due to the economy of this time.
amber, colombia - wrote on 4/30/2010 9:58:59 AM
Comment:All I have to say is yes, I do believe we should stop giving to other countrys untill we can get our own problems fixed. I come from a very poor family we lived in a one bedroom trailer and both my parents died before I was 18. I got kicked out of the trailer they took me off of medicaid and foodstamps I had no means to survive. I am doing fine now but there are so many more U.S. children facing the same thing that are younger than I was or even in way worse situations. I feel bad for other countrys and yes we are very watefull but I feel like we need to take on one thing at a time and that is helping the children in America.
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