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Poverty (poor diet, poor housing, poor hygiene)

The main priority for individuals who live in poverty is to gain the basic essentials of food, shelter and warmth.  

The groups of people who live on or below the poverty line are:

  • One parent families
  • Elderly people
  • Single –earner, unskilled couples
  • Unemployed people
  • Sick or disabled people

Those individuals that live in poverty do not have enough money to buy the leanest cuts of meat or fresh fruit and vegetables.  The main concern for families living on the ‘breadline’ is to feed hungry tummies rather than meeting nutritional needs.  The cheapest and easiest way to stop  the family  feeling hungry is to give them high fat, high carbohydrate foods such as chips, bread, tinned spaghetti on toast, deep fried foods.  This type of diet lacks the essential nutrients, is very unhealthy and unbalanced but it stops tummies rumbling.  It leads to illness, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.