The last cause for poverty in the unequal distribution of wealth in America. Actually, according to Inequality.org, “America’s top 1 percent… holds nearly half the national wealth…”. It is easy to imagine that with only half of America’s wealth to support 99 percent of the country, that many families fall into poverty. Even in just the top 0.1 percent, many households own up to $20 million. The distribution of wealth in America is truly unfair.
Wealth and Inequality in America Inequality The inequality in America has increased over time; the gap between the rich and the poor has become a problem that many Americans don’t see. Inequality is the extent of income which is distributed unequally among the citizenry. The inequality of the United has a large gap between the poor and the rich making it unfair to the population, the rich are becoming wealthier and the poor remain poor. The article “Of the 1%, By the 1%, For the 1%”, authored by Joseph E. Stiglitz describes that there is a 1 percent amount of American’s who are consuming about a quarter of the United States income in a year.
The majority of our global hunger involves most people that live in third world countries where there’s at least 12.9 percent of the population that is living in poverty. Global hunger is caused by poverty. When we think of hunger, we tend to think of food and how only poor people are the only ones hungry. Can you believe that there are millions of people who live with hunger who are malnourished because they simply can’t afford to buy food or purchase the supplies they need to grow enough food for their families?
People in America are encouraged to become healthier by exercising, following a balanced diet, and assuming healthy habits. Unfortunately, most Americans cannot live a healthy lifestyle because their socioeconomic status limits their choices. The United States economic system functions as a hierarchy, where 1% of the population are more affluent than the rest (CNN). The economic gap makes it harder for the rest of the population to afford healthy behaviors. 15.1 percent of Americans fall below the poverty level, due to the economic disparity in America (State).
Obesity remains a growing epidemic that affects people who continually overindulge, causing weight gain which affects many countries and communities around the world especially the United States. During the last couple decade obesity has doubled and threatened people 's health because of adverse habits of overeating. Due to the advancement of mobile technology, fewer individuals perform physical labor. Instead, many people work from a computer where they spend long hours sitting at a desk consuming junk food non-physicality activity that leads to obesity. Consequently, some of the expense to the community regarding how obesity occurs causing medical complications of diabetes, heart attacks, and high blood pressure which produce expense on the economy.
World hunger is a problem in todays society. 12.9 percent of the worlds total population is hungry. Around 805 million people don 't consume the average amount of calories they’re supposed to on a daily basis. People who go hungry normally don’t have the land they need to grow food or the money they need. The world produces enough food to feed several billion people.
This is due to inequality on the basis of class, race, and gender as well as stress being unequally distributed in the social hierarchy. The film Unnatural Causes (2008), "Can Upward Mobility Cost You Your Health?" (Miller 2014), "Health and Wealth" (Jacobs and Morone 2004), and “Closing the Wealth Gap” (Kuebler 2013) are four sources that
World Hunger and Poverty is a massive issue in today’s society. I want to bring awareness and tell you guys what we can work together or as individuals to help eliminate or minimize poverty and world hunger. First I want to discuss the cause of Poverty. In America, according to Ross Anderson, it 's caused by Poor Economy, Lack of affordable housing, drug use, lack of education and lastly medical expenses.
As I watched Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and in Wealth,I was really shocked at some of the points they made throughout the episode. At the beginning they tell us that America spends about two trillion dollars a years on medicare which is about half the amount of money they spent on Health care around the world. If we look at this number it is huge but there still so many people who do not have health insurance. Health insurance in this country is still a problem for both the rich and the poor. If are unemployed our insurance gets taken away and if we make too much money our insurance still gets taken away.
‘No one should be four times richer than the poorest member of the society’, expressed his view famous ancient philosopher Plato (cited in Atkinson, 2015, p 13). Probably, since the start of the Industrial Revolution, 19th century, economic inequality between people increased excessively. At present, surprisingly, the 62 richest billionaires’ wealth is equal to that of half of the poorer population of the world (Davos, 2016). It means that minority of the people are enjoying luxury life while the others are struggling even to find a piece of bread to survive in this unequal world. Now the gap between rich and poor is enlarging considerably; issues associated with inequality are getting worse constantly and the need to reform revealing
The National Standards report conducted by the IRS (“Internal Revenue Service”) reports that the average American spends $570 in expenses this includes Food, Clothing Housing and Uncategorized Items (IRS Collection Financial Standards). The 24 metropolitan cites hold more than half of the national population within them (“Population Density for U.S. Cities Map”). Accordingly, the average American citizen spends the largest of his income on food, but the average metropolitan resident spends at least half of his income on housing. To discourage the vast inequality between the financial classes in America, the following step may be adopting economic policies and developments in foreign countries are benefiting from or conversely introduce untried theories in government economics into reality.
Many call a solution to this socialism but without a problem there would be no need for a solution. Tax cuts have enables the richest people to keep almost 99% of their annual income. This has weakened our social security and created an income gap while they pay for almost 50% of the tax revenues in the United States. They have not paid their fair share is almost twenty years. Showing a fundamental problem.
Although high fructose corn syrup may be a contributor to obesity, it is not the main cause. H.F.C.S. may not be the culprit, overeating is one of the most crucial factors of obesity. Most Americans eat portions that are beyond healthy. Studies show that over the last twenty years, food portions in American’s restaurants have doubled or even tripled. This distorted the amount of food people think is healthy for them at home and when eating out.
This module addressed environmental issues that contribute to health, including overpopulation, consumerism, and wealth inequalities. People of all classes are affected by this issue in different ways; for example, the poor experience limited availability of healthy foods, and the rich consume a lot of resources. My favorite class activity was coming up with mental models related to the video “Wealth Inequality in America,” because it gave me insight on how the poor eat unhealthily based on circumstances that may be out of their control, not necessarily from personal choice as many people commonly assume. This health topic is a problem because the people in the most industrialized countries consume so much more resources that they don’t actually
In the year 2014, “48.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children” (FeedingAmerica.org). Welfare is in existence to prevent these statistics from occurring. It is to provide homes and nutrition to those whom cannot receive said necessities without government support. However, several Americans take advantage of this system, leading welfare to appear as a mockery to the onlookers. If welfare is removed from the American country, then this statistic would grow catastrophically year by year.