from ArchInte - 01 Apr 14
Poverty is misery. It saps nutrients, because the poor may trade sustenance for cheap calories to stave off hunger. It precludes restorative sleep, given the demands of staying alive in the elements of the streets, the noisy crowded quarters, or the grueling hours of a second job. Poverty challenges the most basic levels of safety, security, hygiene, mental health, and the overall well-being of the lives of the almost 50 million Americans and billions worldwide in its grasp.