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    Re: Snow days mean less food for many students

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    "-According to the Bread for the World Institute 3.5 percent of U.S. households experience hunger. Some people in these households frequently skip meals or eat too little, sometimes going without food for a whole day. 9.6 million people, including 3 million children, live in these homes.
    And how many of them skip out of choice? For example, I used to skip breakfast when I was a kid in jr and sr. high because I wanted the sleep more than the food. So I was hungry - I mooched an apple or candy bar off of a friend with an early lunch period or went out on an extended bathroom break to grab something from the cafe. I ate too little for 4 years...

    Your link identifies that 3.5 % familys experience hunger. Why is that a bad thing again? Especially when we have an obesity issue in this country from toddler age to 19 years of age.

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    Overall, in 2003-2006, 11.3% (95% confidence interval [CI], 9.7%-12.9%) of children and adolescents aged 2 through 19 years were at or above the 97th percentile of the 2000 BMI-for-age growth charts, 16.3% (95% CI, 14.5%-18.1%) were at or above the 95th percentile, and 31.9% (95% CI, 29.4%-34.4%) were at or above the 85th percentile. Prevalence estimates varied by age and by racial/ethnic group. Analyses of the trends in high BMI for age showed no statistically significant trend over the 4 time periods (1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2003-2004, and 2005-2006) for either boys or girls (P values between .07 and .41).
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    Re: Snow days mean less food for many students

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    And how many of them skip out of choice? For example, I used to skip breakfast when I was a kid in jr and sr. high because I wanted the sleep more than the food. So I was hungry - I mooched an apple or candy bar off of a friend with an early lunch period or went out on an extended bathroom break to grab something from the cafe. I ate too little for 4 years...

    Your link identifies that 3.5 % familys experience hunger. Why is that a bad thing again? Especially when we have an obesity issue in this country from toddler age to 19 years of age.

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    Anybody who goes hungry in Albuquerque NM or any other town or city of any size does so out of ignorance--they simply don't know where to go to get food--or by choice. There are literally dozens of food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and churches and other charitable organizations who provide one or more or all, who turn nobody away, and who have food left over after meals.

    By national standards, New Mexico is a 'poor state'.

    Now there are numerous incidents where people given food then trade it or sell it in return for booze or drugs. So, if they are then hungry, is that a hunger problem? Or something else.
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