Be Wary Of Rounded Numbers

Posted: November 18, 2008 in Just "Why?"

America’s Hungry Children Rises 50 Percent in 2007

WASHINGTON — (AP) Some 691,000 children went hungry in the U.S. sometime in 2007, while close to one in eight Americans struggled to feed themselves adequately even before this year’s sharp economic downtown, the Agriculture Department reported Monday.

The department’s annual report on food security showed that during 2007 the number of children who suffered a substantial disruption in the amount of food they typically eat was more than 50 percent above the 430,000 in 2006 and the largest figure since 716,000 in 1998. (more…)

Before some folks out there go repeating this nice rounded figure in your next debate, consider the following~


“The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate — 1 out of 3 kids are now considered overweight or obese.”

Translation: When your ’cause’ needs money, create a crisis.

  1. Jen says:

    I was just thinking about how overweight this country is and then i got to the second post. Reminds me of a story I read of a mother and daughter who had to cut back on thier groceries and coudn’t afford some of the stuff they used to eat. Come to find out they were both in the 300-400 pound range and they were having to cut back on ice-cream and that sort of stuff.

  2. This is exactly why we have created to give people a chance to help themselves by growing healthy food. As a father I’m very disturbed that so many children in such a rich nation go hungry.
    But your right. About being overweight. This is why we need access to healthy food..

  3. annie may says:

    This is an unfair comparison. Poorer people very often have higher rates of obesity and poorer health because they cannot afford healthier foods which are high in lean protein, high in fiber (fresh fruits and vegetables and dairy products are both particularly expensive now) and low in fat and processing. If you only have a very limited amount a month to eat on you will not be eating lean steak, jacket potatoes and steamed asparagus, you will be eating lots of high carb pasta, high carb rice dishes, cheap processed crap and other unhealthy things or you will not have enough to keep you filled for the month.

    Also they have higher rates of depression which can contribute to overeating cheap, unhealthy snacks like little debbies cakes, chips, candy or boxed macaroni and cheese in order to fill their need for comfort. They also have less access to proper medical care and nutritional and other counseling, and less access to healthy exercise and less motivation to do it, and often far more emotional stress. Trying to say that the numbers of people who are not getting *adequate* food is not addressing the fact that many may be eating decent amounts, yet the food is of cheap low quality low nutrient and high fat variety.

  4. Duane says:


    Have you ever been poor?

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