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Discussion in 'News / Current Events' started by Crabtownboy, Apr 16, 2015.
We should do better.
I've seen studies like this before, way back when, and if they so much has got a response that a child went to bed hungry one time (maybe even for lack of eating the meal put before them), they counted that as a child in hunger.
So how, exactly, do they define "food-insecure household?" Tossing out a "study" without a definition of terms isn't really fair.
And what on earth type of PC term is "food insecure"? :laugh: It truly is sad though. We shouldn't have any hungry folks in this country unless they just want to be hungry.
"Food insecurity" is defined on their website (you have to go back up a level or two, read some of the other web pages) as "Not having enough of the right kinds of food." So those 15.8 million children aren't necessarily going hungry; they're not getting the "right kinds of food."
Do the right kinds of food include McDonald's?
What is the their definition of food insecure households?
What is their definition of poverty?
Not having enough of the "right kinds of food?" Good grief, that makes pretty much everyone I know a "food-insecure household."
And thus, easy to identify 15.8 million child in that "condition."
I didn't see McDonald's specifically mentioned; but highly doubtful.
In fact, if Michelle O's school lunch programs are even remotely related, then most kids in public schools are probably in that 15.8 million.
I really think there would need to be deeper investigation into this. What is the "right" foods? How were the parents raised in the food area? I know many parents who are very well off (making $100,000 a year, plus) who do not have the right foods in the house for their kids and I know people making $20,000 for a family of 5 and they feed their children very healthy, low cost meals. I don't think we can necessarily look at what a parent feeds their kids to determine if it's "right" or not.
And once we point out the question(s) about the numbers, CTB disappears....
The USDA defines food insecurity:
The defining characteristic of very low food security is that, at times during the year, the food intake of household members is reduced and their normal eating patterns are disrupted because the household lacks money and other resources for food. Very low food security can be characterized in terms of the conditions that households in this category typically report in the annual food security survey.
99 percent reported having worried that their food would run out before they got money to buy more.
98 percent reported that the food they bought just did not last, and they did not have money to get more.
94 percent reported that they could not afford to eat balanced meals.
97 percent reported that an adult had cut the size of meals or skipped meals because there was not enough money for food.
89 percent reported that this had occurred in 3 or more months.
95 percent of respondents reported that they had eaten less than they felt they should because there was not enough money for food.
66 percent of respondents reported that they had been hungry but did not eat because they could not afford enough food.
45 percent of respondents reported having lost weight because they did not have enough money for food.
29 percent reported that an adult did not eat for a whole day because there was not enough money for food.
23 percent reported that this had occurred in 3 or more months.
All households without children that were classified as having very low food security reported at least six of these conditions, and 67 percent reported seven or more. Food-insecure conditions in households with children followed a similar pattern.