In the U.S., the hungry three times more than in China

The number of Americans who experience difficulties in providing food and medical care, has reached its lowest level since the beginning of the economic crisis. The report Gallup research concluded that the number of hungry people in the United States as a percentage three times more than in China.

According to the experts, the so-called core index of welfare, reflecting the population's access to basic goods and essential services, in September in the U.S. fell to the level of 81.4, reaching the low of the history of such statistics.

The researchers found that the proportion of Americans who can not afford to visit a private doctor for three years decreased from 82.5 to 78.3 percent. The number of Americans with health insurance fell from 85.9 to 82.3 percent. Worsened the situation with food insecurity: the acquisition of food no difficulties 80.1 percent of the population, which is 1 percent less than in September 2008, according to ITAR-TASS.

Of particular concern is the expert category of people who can not consistently provide themselves with food. According to Gallup, 19 percent of the U.S. population (about 60 million) over the past 12 months have experienced similar difficulties. The researchers emphasize that with this rate the United States more than three times behind China, where only 6 percent of the population are not able to consistently provide food for themselves and their family. Just three years ago the situation was diametrically opposed to 9 percent in the U.S. compared to 16 percent in China.

Gallup report is based on survey data, conducting media monthly 29,000 adult residents. Respondents were asked 13 questions, the answers to which characterize the degree of well-being — from access to food and clean water to providing shelter and quality of care.

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