States where the most people go hungry

The states with the lowest food security, not surprisingly, are among the poorest in the country and have higher-than-average obesity rates.

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Sep 19, 2013 7:40PM
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But the CONgressman from Georgia can't live on $174,000.  And our country is able to provide "aid" to almost every other country on the planet!  We need a REBELLION!!!!
Sep 19, 2013 7:29PM
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This country gives billions and billons of bucks away each year and this is just shameful that any American is going hungry.
Sep 20, 2013 1:58PM
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I really get tired of hearing about all this.  You don't have money to feed your family, stop making more babies.  Oh yes, I am gonna get yelled at for that one but come on, we don't all live on farms and need 10 kids to work the farm so stop.  The problem nowadays is that everyone wants what they want right now.  Back when I went out on my own, I lived in a studio apt. that you could put one foot in the bathroom, one foot in the kitchen and lean over and your head was in the living space.  I paid 80 bucks a month and 10 bucks for a light bill.  People now want to move into a 3 bedroom house with a yard. 

I watched the movie "A Place at the Table" and had a hard time feeling any sympathy for the women in the movie.  They had tattoos, salon nails, and hair weaves.  One of the families had pets they were feeding.  I get it, the government subsidizes the corn, wheat, and soy farmers so that doritos and hamburger helper can be cheap and doesn't subsidize fruits and vegies but really there is food, it might not be the healthiest but after seeing the receipts with lobster and soda pop paid for with food stamps......that my taxes pay for,,,,yeah I am not real sympathetic.

Sep 20, 2013 7:21AM
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I grew up in South Carolina and while we didn't have a lot of things, the one thing we did have was food.  This was because if all else failed, we could grow a garden.  Canning food provided for fresh food even in the winter.  There is no reason, with all of the natural resources of this country, that there should be anyone without food.  The most plentiful resource of southern states is fertile land.  If citizens would stop spending their money on luxury things such as wide-screen television, faux jewelry, and cell phones and buy nutritious food, this article would be meaningless.  By the way, this stated problem is not a race problem.
Sep 20, 2013 7:29AM
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I live in one of these "hungry" states. I stand in the checkout lines at the grocery stores. I see soft drinks by the case, frozen pizza's by the stacks, processed meats in huge amounts in the carts of EBT card users. They waddle past me to the ice cream and candy aisles. Their little children are usually there to point out which sugary cereal they want. They can also use their EBT cards at a local pizza retailer. You don't see produce in their carts and if they buy bread, it's in the form of donuts and twinkles! 
Sep 20, 2013 7:19AM
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It isn't the governments responsibility to put food on your table.  IT IS YOURS.

Sep 20, 2013 11:35AM
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I've seen enough of the world to know what real poverty and starvation look like; our starving people are the fattest in the world. I wonder how many of these obese poor plant gardens? Most communities have common garden spaces and most say they can't find enough people to fill them. 

 

I have a garden, proof itself that it doesn't take a genius. You'd be surprised at how much good food you can grow on 2-300 sq. feet.

 

The country has changed dramatically in my lifetime; too many single mothers, too many deadbeat dads, too many drugs, too little self reliance. Some of the posters here are absolutely correct, we will lose the country if these things don't change.

Sep 20, 2013 4:10AM
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If you haven't got enough money for food, the problem is simple.

It all comes down to a lack of jobs, and low pay because of stiff competition for jobs. It's that simple.

 

Back a few years MSNBC would have blamed Bush.

 

And now?

 

Notice that the media doesn't say ANYTHING about this!!!!!!!!!!

 

JOBS = Security, food on the table. It's that simple.

Sep 20, 2013 9:47AM
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I LIKE TO FOLLOW PEOPLE WITH EBT CARDS OUT OF THE GROCERY STORES TO SEE WHERE THEY UNLOAD THOSE STEAKS AND PORK CHOPS.  GUESS WHAT,   THEY ALSO DRIVE BETTER VECHICLES THAN I DO
Sep 20, 2013 6:22AM
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Now lets run the study of the most OBESE states.  I bet many of the same states are on there...
Sep 19, 2013 7:43PM
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What exactly is "food security" and what does it have to do with having enough to eat?  If hunger really is a problem, why are there so many overweight "poor" people running around?  Don't give me the "they eat bad food so they are fat" excuse.  If they are overweight, they are consuming more calories than they are burning, which means they aren't "hungry". If the gov really wants to address this problem, they will exercise much more control over what people can purchase with food stamps.
Sep 20, 2013 12:23AM
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"Obese because they're not able to afford nutritious and high-protein food." 

 

That's a lode of you know what if I ever heard one. Many people, not those with medical problems, are obese because they eat way too much fried foods which raise their calorie intake way too high. They take perfectly good ingredients and fry them in deep fryers until they are saturated - like fried chicken, fried donuts, fried potatoes, fried steaks, fried turkey, fried shrimp, fried catfish, fried oysters, fried pigs, fried squirrels and fried vegetables. Of course, there's always about a pound of BBQ fat brisket too and a six pack of beer to wash it down. Take a look at an NASCAR or NFL crowd stuffing their faces.

Sep 19, 2013 7:52PM
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How interesting that all the states are in the republican south.  They must be so encouraged to know that the republican led congress just voted to cut 4 billion dollars from the food stamp program.
Sep 20, 2013 12:03AM
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So Mississippi is #5 on the list because 20% of the 3 million people are hungry.  That is 600,000 people.  Ohio is # 10.  They are better off cause only 16% of their 11.5 million people are hungry.   That is 1.8 million people.  Hmm
Sep 19, 2013 7:25PM
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A who's-who of the Old South.  I'm shocked.
Sep 20, 2013 7:11AM
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Given the obesity rate of these states, they seem to be over fed.  Need to cut the food stamps.
Sep 25, 2013 9:25PM
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I don't believe this at all. We are the second most obese nation in the world. These families are on welfare and Medicaid. They will fill their carts with junk food until it is running over in the grocery stores. The kids and adults are always hungry because when you eat huge portions all day yes if they miss lunch, I am sure they feel hungry. This is propaganda. Parents of these children come in with smart phones, gel nails, and highlights in the hair. I work as family nurse practitioner in a very rural area with poverty. Our support staff who work for living and don't make much money but pay their bills don't have those toys or spend that kind of money on themselves  I have patients and children with diabetes, hypertension and already presenting with severe Degenerative joint disease in the knees and will likely need knee replacements by their  30's. We don't have a hunger problem here we have a culture problem. The only people who go hungry are our mentally ill. I have about 5 that live on the streets. No services, no resources and no one cares. The government made this decision because people should not live in an institution so many mental hospitals have been closed and centers that take care of the mentally ill. I tried to place a very violent mentally ill patient who finally agreed to be placed . He waited 4 days in our ER while our ER Drs. took care of him for bed to open and could not get him placed so he was released again.  We didn't have much money growing up but we cooked and ate left overs and no one was obese. We have young parents who don't even own cookware so how do you teach them. I just attended a Diabetes Conference and not one specialist there believes we have a hunger problem. We have too much food and the wrong foods. I work in a county with the highest poverty in the state. We have many problems with unwed mothers with high teenage pregnancy rate,  people who will not apply for a job, lack of interest in education, sexually transmitted diseases, crime, parents who don't parent, and young people who are able to work bringing in social security disability forms to get on the government payroll. I am disappointed and ashamed of what our country has become and nothing surprises me anymore. I have been a family nurse practitioner now for 16 years and worked as a nurse for 25 years total. A lot has changed in that time and not for the good.

Sep 20, 2013 4:30AM
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Cute. I didn't know they had hunger-detecting machines...
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A "measly $174,000" said the Congressman from Georgia. I bet that prick doesn't have any days without meals. In fact, as a Congressman, I wonder how many free meals he gets paid for by the taxpayers and lobbyists???
Sep 20, 2013 10:46AM
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A big problem is that people have babies that can not afford them. Having children is expensive.   Plus they do not have any plans to make something of their lives.  Yes life does throw you some curve balls, spouses get sick and die but why have babies out of wedlock when you work at minimum wage job.  In time America will be a third world country and it will change not for the better.  Unless something is done to stop the decline of the American citizens' families.  Stop letting everybody in to our country.
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