When one talks about the effects of poverty, people tend to automatically think it is related to material things like not having enough money to purchase a variety of items.

However, poverty has been associated with more than that.

In fact, it has been associated with poor health. Many studies have confirmed the poorer one is, the less healthy he or she is.

For example, a Canadian National Population Health Survey (1997) revealed rates of chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, cancer and cataracts were higher among the poor as compared to those with higher income. The same survey showed that among 12-year-old children, the rates of very good health increased with the family income.