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1 in 6 Americans Go To Bed Hungry

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1 in 6 Americans Go To Bed Hungry

Imagine opening your refrigerator and finding it empty.  Imagine opening your kitchen cabinets and having no food.  Sadly, that’s the reality for 50 million United States citizens; they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. That includes over 15 million children and 3 million senior citizens.

It’s hard to imagine that so many people in the United States don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Food insecurity leads to what I call the 4 S’s:

Sleep – Ever get up at night to raid the refrigerator when you couldn’t sleep? What if you had no food for dinner? Going to bed hungry makes it hard to sleep. And poor sleep increases the risk of obesity; it lowers the production of the hormone leptin that make us feel full. It also increases the production of the hormone ghrelin that makes us feel hungry. Too little sleep is also linked to an increase risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Stress – It’s hard to fathom how stressful not knowing where your next meal is coming from. And it never stops. We all know how bad constant stress makes us feel. It also makes us sick. Stress is associated with high blood pressure and heart disease.

Stamina – Anyone thinking about where their next meal is coming from is likely not to be thinking or participating in regular exercise, and that increases obesity, stress and heart disease.

School – It’s well known that kids who don’t eat breakfast do worse in school. That leads to poorer grades, a higher risk of dropping out, twice as many absences and a larger likelihood of lower income or living on welfare.

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6:42AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

"We are the eyes in which God sees himself." If we don't act, who will?

2:34PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

Nick you have completely missed the point. Isn't that far reaching to assume that all poor families eat fastfood? If a family does not have money for food how can a family afford a Big Mac? Just sayin'.....Was the 5 y.o. homeless girl I saw at a park in St. Louis with rotten teach munching on french fries? Let's say, "No."

1:32PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

presumably the other 5 out of six over eat- I've seen Supersize me, and been to the states and it's not exactly full of walking ribcages like Somaliland and South Sudan.

8:56PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Another thing that would be good to donate to a food bank is pet food since food stamps won't cover that, and people who have lost their income often have to abandon or give up their long term pets.

12:02PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

if the Repubtea party gets in office (more than it already has) you will more children and families going hungry.

3:11AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

Too bad we're colleting money for starving kids in othert countries when the neighbourg is starving.

8:39PM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

it should not be that way,how sad.

10:35PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

I know this is a serious subject especially for young children, so this comment is not directed at the kids.

That being said...with Michele Obama on her anti-obesity kick I think a lot of us should go to bed hungry. I usually do.

Just a thought.

10:13PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

And what does the GOP say to this??

7:39PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Everything has gone up in price so much, I don't know how people on a fixed income can manage, it must be scary and sad. When you are living on a small fixed pension, there is no boss to go ask for a raise, and getting a job as a senior or disabled is next to impossible, people don't like to hire you. My heart goes out to people who are poor and hungry.

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