SNAP Is Hurting the Poor by Paying for Junk Food

Economic inequalities in America can be measured by more than just who gets a paycheck and how much. You’ll see them in the cold statistics of life and death.

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Economically disadvantaged people are 70 percent more likely than wealthier people to develop diabetes. That can mean blindness, amputations, loss of kidney function, and losing 10 to 15 years of life. Being poor also means a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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