Childhood poverty

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Children who grow up in poverty are at risk of facing lifelong consequences in many aspects of their lives.Children of poverty are at risk for experiencing toxic stress which can lead to a multitude of things including cancers, diseases of the lungs, heart, and/or liver, diabetes, as well as picking up behaviors such as cigarette smoking and drug use, teen pregnancy, domestic violence as both a victim or an abuser, poor grades and performance in school, and the inability to maintain a job or healthy relationships (Bornstein). Children of poverty are also at risk for major health problems throughout their lives they are 1.8 times more likely to report being in poor health than those who are not growing up in poverty, 1.7 times more likely to get lead poisoning, 3.5 times more likely to pass away as an infant, 2 times more likely to be in the 5th percentile or lower in height and weight, and 2 times more likely to be hospitalized for illness than those who are not poor (Brooks-Gunn). Poverty is not something that is temporary, it has lasting effects that can follow someone through their entire lives.

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  1. Bornstein, David. Protecting Children From Toxic Stress. 30 October 2013. Web. 15 April 2014.
  2. Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne. The Effects Of Poverty On Children. n.d. Web. 06 April 2014.