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Study: Great Recession “Will Wipe out Virtually all Progress for Children SINCE 1975

Go ahead and peruse the study while you chew on your apple slices and carrots in your happy meal. How long can Michelle Obama put on the “up at night” obesity farce?

(FCD PR) The first report to offer comprehensive data on the impact of the Great Recession on American children’s overall quality-of-life [was] released June 8, 2010 by the Foundation for Child Develoment (FCD). The 2010 Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI) offers data on children’s well-being from the first year of the recession (2008), and includes projections for years 2009 through 2012. Chief among the finding is that, by 2010, the recession will wipe out virtually all progress made for children in the Family Economic Well-being Domain since 1975. This domain includes the rate of children living in families beneath the poverty line, median family income, secure parental employment and health insurance coverage.

Specifically, the CWI indicates that the rate of children living in poverty in 2010 will be the highest it has been in 20 years. Almost 22 percent of American youth will be living below the poverty line this year, the highest among America’s peer nations.


“Research shows that children who slip into poverty, even for a short time, suffer long-term setbacks even when their families regain their economic footing,” says Ruby Takanishi, president of the Foundation for Child Development. “This is especially true for children during their first decade of life. This means that, even if the recession subsides soon, the effects on these children will not. Unfortunately, we fear the worst is yet to come.”

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On the other side of the spectrum, AP and MSNBC politicize (HT Fausta) the record levels of US poverty as “unfortunate timing for Obama and his party,” while the UN reports global hunger dropping for the first time in 15 years.

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Added: Sep-14-2010 
By: jumpingforJoy
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