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More babies, young kids going hungry in US (Blame Dubya's proposed cuts in welfare aid)
Yahoo News ^ | 6/11/05

Posted on 06/12/2005 5:00:16 AM PDT by Libloather

More babies, young kids going hungry in US
Sat Jun 11, 11:00 PM ET


An American butcher. Increasing numbers of young American children are showing signs of serious malnourishment, fueled by a greater prevalence of hunger in the United States, while, paradoxically, two-thirds of the US population is either overweight or obese(AFP/File/Stan Honda)

BALTIMORE, United States (AFP) - Increasing numbers of young American children are showing signs of serious malnourishment, fueled by a greater prevalence of hunger in the United States, while, paradoxically, two-thirds of the US population is either overweight or obese.

In 2003, 11.2 percent of families in the United States experienced hunger, compared with 10.1 percent in 1999, according to most recent official figures, released on National Hunger Awareness Day held this year on Tuesday, June 7.

Some pediatricians worry that cuts in welfare aid proposed in President George W. Bush's 2006 budget will only exacerbate the situation. By contrast Bush plans to keep tax cuts for more affluent sectors of the population, they note.

In the working class port city of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Maureen Black, a pediatrician, sees numbers of underweight babies in her clinic specialized in infant malnutrition located in one of the poorer areas.

"In the first year of life, children triple their birth weight," said Black, "and if children do not have enough to eat during those very early very times, you first see that their weight will falter and then their height will falter."

"If their height falters enough and they experience stunting under age two, they are then at risk for academic and behaviour problems" at school, said Black.

Dr. Deborah Frank, a professor of pediatrics at Boston University's School of Medicine, who also runs a specialised clinic for malnourished babies, has similar concerns.

"We are seeing more and more very young babies under a year of age which is a particular concern because they are most likely to die of under nutrition, and also their brains are growing very very rapidly," said Frank, in a telephone interview.

"A baby's brain increases 2.5 times in size in the first year of life," she says, adding that if the baby fails to get the nutritional building blocks he or she needs for the brain to develop, a child can have lifelong difficulties in behaviour and learning.

But infant-child protection centers do not exist in the United States, unlike it other countries, such as France, which makes children below the age of three or four years old somewhat invisible to authorities, laments Frank. "They don't come to my clinic until they are already quite underweight.

"Recently I have been alarmed because we are getting more children who are so ill that they go to hospital rather than they come to the clinic first" a situation which, in 20 years of practising medicine, Frank had seen reverse.

Some children in the United States occasionally look like the malnourished children we see in some parts of Africa, however, welfare programs targeting society's poorest ensures that problem is generally avoided, the pediatricians say.

Paradoxically, malnutrition is not always due to lack of food -- rather to the quality of the food being consumed.

"People often ask me how many children go to bed hungry. The answer is the parents work very hard so they don't go to bed feeling hungry. The parents try to fill the baby up with french fries and soda pop," said Frank.

In some areas, green vegetables and fruit are impossible to buy -- even in a can, because there may be no supermarket. Moreover, such items are costly.

"What happens in America is -- what seems bizarre -- that some of the recommendations that we give to families to prevent underweight of children are the same as we give to prevent overweight," said Black. "We recommend families not to give their children junk food."

In some families, eating junk food will mean one child is obese while the other is underweight, said Black. "The first will eat junk food and nothing else, the second will eat junk food and everything else."


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The parents try to fill the baby up with french fries and soda pop," said Frank.

Hunger problem solved.

1 posted on 06/12/2005 5:00:17 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

If more "young kids" would stop having babies, the problem would be solved.


2 posted on 06/12/2005 5:02:22 AM PDT by bella1 (red county, blue state)
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To: Libloather

Bush's fault alert!


3 posted on 06/12/2005 5:02:26 AM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.")
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To: Libloather
Someone needs to post tha B.S. meter alert

Mine B.S. alert is red lining it.

4 posted on 06/12/2005 5:03:17 AM PDT by Popman (In politics, ideas are more important than individuals.)
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To: Libloather

There's no excuse for children being hungry in America.


5 posted on 06/12/2005 5:04:26 AM PDT by tahotdog
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To: Popman

beep beep beeep beep beep beep beep beeep!!!!!

mine too


6 posted on 06/12/2005 5:04:33 AM PDT by Casaubon (Internet Research Ninja Masta)
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To: Popman

7 posted on 06/12/2005 5:04:55 AM PDT by Popman (In politics, ideas are more important than individuals.)
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To: Popman

Mine went off the scale.


8 posted on 06/12/2005 5:05:08 AM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.")
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To: Libloather

I always tell the hand wringers that there is NO poverty in this country - except by choice. If children are going hungry, then the parents are not working or availing themselves of federal programs. In either case, the children should be put into state care becuase the parents are unfit morons.


9 posted on 06/12/2005 5:07:41 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (NEW and IMPROVED: Now with 100% more Tyrannical Tendencies and Dictator Envy!)
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To: Libloather
But infant-child protection centers do not exist in the United States, unlike it other countries, such as France

Just a line from the article for everyone's enjoyment. The typo after "unlike" is not mine.

:-)

10 posted on 06/12/2005 5:07:42 AM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.")
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To: Libloather
In some areas, green vegetables and fruit are impossible to buy -- even in a can, because there may be no supermarket. Moreover, such items are costly.

Who wrote this nonsense?

11 posted on 06/12/2005 5:07:53 AM PDT by Bahbah (Something wicked this way comes)
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To: SIDENET

If we'd put money into feeding babies instead of PBS, NPR, and running concerts for Africa, we could definitely solve this problem.


12 posted on 06/12/2005 5:08:17 AM PDT by ReadyNow (When you see the eye, expect a lie.)
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To: Libloather

The problem is we don't serve dinner at school. We got breakfast and lunch in the bag. Plus, they have to be able to wander if there 365 days out of the year.
I can remember taking my lunch box to school, my mom made breakfast and dinner. An ice cream was a treat, maybe once a month. None of us were overweight.


13 posted on 06/12/2005 5:11:20 AM PDT by Bossy Gillis
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To: Libloather
Increasing numbers of young American children are showing signs of serious malnourishment, fueled by a greater prevalence of hunger in the United States, while, paradoxically, two-thirds of the US population is either overweight or obese.

Implying that two thirds of us gorge while the rest go hungry. When, in fact, the poor are MORE likely to be obese.

Some pediatricians worry that cuts in welfare aid proposed in President George W. Bush's 2006 budget will only exacerbate the situation. By contrast Bush plans to keep tax cuts for more affluent sectors of the population, they note.

Pediatricians say this? They sound pretty political for pediatricians.

"Recently I have been alarmed because we are getting more children who are so ill that they go to hospital rather than they come to the clinic first" a situation which, in 20 years of practising medicine, Frank had seen reverse.

Ummm...could it be that you can walk into a hospital and get treatment? I mean, how are parents medically qualified to know they should skip the clinic?

In some areas, green vegetables and fruit are impossible to buy -- even in a can, because there may be no supermarket. Moreover, such items are costly.

There are places in America with no food stores, and you can't buy a can of beans because it's too expensive? But you can buy an endless supply of fries and a Coke? Pff!

In some families, eating junk food will mean one child is obese while the other is underweight, said Black. "The first will eat junk food and nothing else, the second will eat junk food and everything else."

Wait...what? The kid who eats junk food and nothing else is fat. The kid who eats junk food and lots of other stuff is malnourished. They're both in the same household, but it's Bush's fault?

Dang. I'm sorry I read this one. My head hurts.

15 posted on 06/12/2005 5:13:45 AM PDT by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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To: Libloather
Some pediatricians worry that cuts in welfare aid proposed in President George W. Bush's 2006 budget will only exacerbate the situation. By contrast Bush plans to keep tax cuts for more affluent sectors of the population, they note.

Wow. You've got to hand it to 'em. They got it in in the third sentence. No pussy-footing around.

I read all the way through and never saw the part about parental responsibility. Did I just miss that?

16 posted on 06/12/2005 5:13:52 AM PDT by Allegra (OK, I'm Kind of Used to the Keyboard Now. My Typing Just Sucks.)
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To: Libloather

17 posted on 06/12/2005 5:14:08 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: Libloather

I clicked on the link and saw that Yahoo News got the article from AFP (Agence France-Presse). I guess that even AP and Reuters weren't radical enough today, so they went trolling through French news.


18 posted on 06/12/2005 5:15:22 AM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.")
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To: Libloather
In some areas, green vegetables and fruit are impossible to buy -- even in a can, because there may be no supermarket.


19 posted on 06/12/2005 5:16:09 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: ReadyNow
we could solve this problem

I'm sorry, but I don't see any problem here. The guy who wrote this article doesn't know about WAL*MART. If you go into WAL*MART and they are selling some fruit for $4.99 a piece, then if you know a cheaper or better store where they are selling the same thing for $1.99, then just show them their advertisement and WAL*MART will bring its price down and you'll only have to pay $1.99! I SAY IT CAN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!

20 posted on 06/12/2005 5:16:20 AM PDT by blueberry12 (Americans are the most spoiled people on the face of the earth.)
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To: Uhhuh35
Why is it that illegal aliens manage to feed themselves but some American citizens are unable?

Because illegal aliens eat the food that Americans won't eat. You walked right into that one.

:-)

21 posted on 06/12/2005 5:17:54 AM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.")
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To: SIDENET

ROFL!!!


22 posted on 06/12/2005 5:18:24 AM PDT by blueberry12 (Americans are the most spoiled people on the face of the earth.)
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To: Libloather
"In the first year of life, children triple their birth weight," said Black, "and if children do not have enough to eat during those very early very times, you first see that their weight will falter and then their height will falter."

Breastfeeding=free. Idealistic but true.

23 posted on 06/12/2005 5:19:28 AM PDT by FormerNavyBrat
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To: Libloather

If it isn't starving children it is homeless people whenever a Republican is in the white house. Cry me a river! (Sarcasm)


24 posted on 06/12/2005 5:21:17 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: Libloather
In some areas, green vegetables and fruit are impossible to buy -- even in a can, because there may be no supermarket.

But we live here anyway, because the crack prices are low.

25 posted on 06/12/2005 5:23:28 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Libloather
It's frickin food. It's not that expensive if you cook it yourself. Of course if you buy prepared frozen food or eat at McDonald's all day you will be broke really soon.

A friend of my grandmother's lives on a food budget of around $20 a month and she's not starving.
26 posted on 06/12/2005 5:23:39 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: Libloather
AFP as far as I can determine is a left-wing anti-American organization it is not a legitimate news organization as far as I can find.

Is it the Arab News Service?
27 posted on 06/12/2005 5:26:29 AM PDT by YOUGOTIT
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To: Libloather
How can they be hungry and obese at the same time? Aren't we told that obesity is America's number one nutritional problem and the poor are most affected?
28 posted on 06/12/2005 5:27:00 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopeckne is walking around free)
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To: tahotdog
"There's no excuse for children being hungry in America"

no child in America goes hungry except by parental neglect.

The poorer neighborhoods of Baltimore are filled with people who have the same morality and social consciousness as rabbits. Many many children, and the ones that die they forget about.

Regards,

29 posted on 06/12/2005 5:27:40 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Libloather

Sorry AFP is not Arab it is anti-American French.


30 posted on 06/12/2005 5:28:37 AM PDT by YOUGOTIT
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To: Libloather
25-39 cents.


31 posted on 06/12/2005 5:29:38 AM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.")
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To: Libloather

We used to rent to some folks on welfare. Every Friday they'd throw a massive beer guzzler party with they're welfare money. Then they'd complain at the end of the month they had no rent money and were poor.


32 posted on 06/12/2005 5:30:30 AM PDT by kharaku (G3)
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To: Libloather

Is this a real cut in spending on welfare, or just a reduction
in the increase?

Mike


33 posted on 06/12/2005 5:30:52 AM PDT by doublecansiter
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To: Libloather

If it weren't for hunger we'd never know when it was time to eat.


34 posted on 06/12/2005 5:32:08 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Funny how a "proposed" cut can cause anything, any more than a "proposed" increase can alleviate anything.

All but the absolute poorest in America have safe water, food every day, electricity, and televisions. Their kids can go to school, and if they go to a hospital they have to be treated for emergencies.

I spent a week in Burma last summer and can tell you that only the rich there have all of these things. We have poor people in the US, but what we think of as poor is a far cry from what the rest of the world thinks.


35 posted on 06/12/2005 5:37:01 AM PDT by ko_kyi
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To: Libloather
according to most recent official figures, released on National Hunger Awareness Day held this year on Tuesday, June 7.

WHOSE "official figures"?? There are so many half-truths and mis-statements in this article that it's just a joke. My eighth grade English composition teacher would have slapped me for writing something as weak in argument and citation as this article is. It looks like whoever sponsors National Hunger Awareness Day sent this article to the reporter who then just claimed it as his own.

One final point, then I'll turn off the rant flag. Have you ever looked at the nutritional labels on "junk food"? Much of it contains a fair portion of nutrients, including protein, fiber, and vitamins. Most "junk food" snack foods are more expensive than nutritious foods, which leads one to the realization that anyone buying "junk food" isn't doing so because of money, but because of poor choices. And poor choices (unmarried sex, dropping out of school, taking drugs / alcohol, committing crimes) are the number 1 cause of poverty.

36 posted on 06/12/2005 5:39:45 AM PDT by Hardastarboard
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To: Libloather
malnutrition is not always due to lack of food -- rather to the quality of the food being consumed.

Duh.
What you have are people who are
a)having kids too young
b)put what they want, i.e. clothes & junk, ahead of their kids
c)ignorant about nutrition
d)breakdown of the family and loss of generational wisdom


"People often ask me how many children go to bed hungry. The answer is the parents work very hard so they don't go to bed feeling hungry. The parents try to fill the baby up with french fries and soda pop," said Frank.

The parents are ignorant.

In some areas, green vegetables and fruit are impossible to buy -- even in a can, because there may be no supermarket. Moreover, such items are costly.

That is total crapola. I'll be happy to show any of these morons that eating healthy is always cheaper than junk or fast food.

I'll also add that it's a good bet most of these kids are not being breast fed as infants.
37 posted on 06/12/2005 5:39:50 AM PDT by visualops (visualops.com)
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To: ReadyNow

Walter Williams - How not to be poor

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1400835/posts


38 posted on 06/12/2005 5:43:40 AM PDT by listenhillary (If it ain't broke, it will be after the government tries to fix it)
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To: listenhillary

Walter hits the nail right on the head. Bravo!


39 posted on 06/12/2005 5:45:27 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: WorkingClassFilth
In either case, the children should be put into state care becuase the parents are unfit morons.

There is another possible case - that parents are very ignorant. If so they need to be forced to attend the nutrition training showing them how they can get healthy and cheap food.

Taking children away should be the LAST resort.

40 posted on 06/12/2005 5:48:19 AM PDT by A. Pole ("Truth at first is ridiculed, then it is violently opposed and then it is accepted as self evident.")
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To: Libloather
The problem isn't either the welfare system or George Bush's tax cuts for the rich.

The problem is the parent(s).

But then, we wouldn't want to call these incompotent nincompoops to task for their criminal neglect of their own children, would we? So it becomes "our" fault for not shoveling enough freebies their way!

41 posted on 06/12/2005 5:50:00 AM PDT by Gritty ("Aside from all the pants-dropping, what did the Dems have to show for the Clinton years?-Mark Steyn)
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To: Bahbah

Probably the same people who run the "ketchup soup" public service radio commercial I hear all the time.


42 posted on 06/12/2005 5:50:09 AM PDT by visualops (visualops.com ZotWear!)
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To: Gritty
But then, we wouldn't want to call these incompotent nincompoops to task for their criminal neglect of their own children, would we?

These "nincompoops" do not need the criminal prosecution. They need some basic compulsory training - what to buy, where to buy, how to cook or prepare, how to eat.

43 posted on 06/12/2005 5:52:21 AM PDT by A. Pole ("Truth at first is ridiculed, then it is violently opposed and then it is accepted as self evident.")
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To: Libloather; All
So people are hungry in the USA and we are concerned with starving babies in Africa and throughout the world.

Someone explain the logic to me.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

44 posted on 06/12/2005 5:52:23 AM PDT by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: tahotdog

There's no excuse for children being hungry in America.
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Exactly.

Where I live, we have a rather generous welfare system, even with attempts at welfare reform (states vary as to how much or how little you can get in public assistance). I don't know what it is now, but some years ago when a friend of mine fell on hard times and was considering applying for food stamps, she was told she could qualify if her income was $20,000. That's generous.

But...in supermarkets, I have watched the ones with food stamps (or in my state, the recipients now get what looks like a credit card) -- most of those I have observed buy junk food with their state assistance.

When I watch the kids going to school in the morning, they all carry chips and soda. The school district gives them breakfast and lunch (thanks to our tax dollars), but this is what the kids eat -- junk. I think it was Rush Limbaugh who said not long ago that huge amounts of school lunch food is discarded. I don't remember the dollar amount, but it was in the millions per year.

So if these children are malnourished, then it's their fault and that of the parents'.


45 posted on 06/12/2005 5:52:27 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: SIDENET

LOL!


46 posted on 06/12/2005 5:52:29 AM PDT by visualops (visualops.com ZotWear!)
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To: Libloather

The USDA Food Stamp program has increased the income standard every year so that more people can be eligible for Food Stamps thanks to the Farm Bill. With programs like WIC and Foodstamps I really have to look at the problem being more of a parental responsibility issue than that of one Republican from Texas.


47 posted on 06/12/2005 5:53:03 AM PDT by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: Libloather
BS!!!

4 for a dollar!

3 for .75 cents


This story is total crap. Maybe if Moma and/or Daddy would stop buying lottery tickets, pot, speed, crack, booze with their welfare checks, maybe Lil Johnny would get fat. HOW MANY FRENCH ELDERLY DIED CAUSE THE REGULAR POOR FRENCH DON'T HAVE AC?
48 posted on 06/12/2005 5:53:16 AM PDT by Dallas59 (" I have a great team that is going to beat George W. Bush" John Kerry -2004)
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To: Libloather

The article says she is a "Pediatrician". She is not.

Dr. Black is a pediatric psychologist and completed her training at Emory University and the Neuropsychiatric Institute of UCLA. She has been the president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology and the Division of Children, Youth, and Family Services of the American Psychological Association.


49 posted on 06/12/2005 5:54:20 AM PDT by Soliton (Alone with everyone else.)
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To: Libloather
Increasing numbers of young American children are showing signs of serious malnourishment, fueled by a greater prevalence of hunger in the United States . . .

They are malnourished BECAUSE OF "a greater prevalence of hunger"???? Anyone who takes a statement like this seriously doesn't speak English as a first language.

50 posted on 06/12/2005 5:56:33 AM PDT by madprof98
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