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Poverty The condition of having insufficient resources or income In its most extreme form poverty is the lack of basic human needs nutritious food clothing housing clean water and health services Poverty can cause terrible suffering and possibly even death Depending somewhat on where you live depends on how severe the poverty you face may be In many developing areas such as Africa Asia Latin America and Eastern Europe they suffer from severe malnutrition disease outbreaks famine and war Poverty in these areas extremely differs from the poverty in somewhat wealthier countries such as the United States Canada Japan and Western Europe where the effects of poverty include poor nutrition mental illness drug dependence crime and high rates of disease There are two types of poverty There is extreme poverty and there is relative poverty Extreme poverty also known as destitution or absolute poverty is the poverty that threatens peoples health or lives and is related more to developing countries Relative poverty is the condition of having fewer resources or less income that others within a society or country or compared to worldwide averages Relative poverty is related more to wealthier countriesThere are many different reasons for poverty the basic reasons are over population the unequal distribution of resources in the world economy inability to meet high standards of living and costs of living inadequate education and employment opportunities environmental degradation certain economic and demographic trends and welfare incentives As basic as these causes may sound more often than not they interact and become more complex Overpopulation is the situation of having large numbers of people with too few resources and too little space This is one of the causes that is very closely related to poverty Excessively high population densities put stress on available resources Certain areas of land can only support a certain number of people When the number of people living on the land exceed the number of people the land can
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