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20 ways poverty affects your health

Espresso Logo By Alan Jones of Espresso | Slide 1 of 21: Research has shown that individual health isn’t just determined by a person’s luck in the genetic lottery, or their desire to eat well and stay fit. In fact, the largest factor in a person’s health and well-being is poverty. In other words, it’s not healthy to be poor. Here are 20 ways that poverty affects your health.

20 ways poverty affects your health

Editor's note: This November, Microsoft News is putting a focus on Poverty in America with a 2-week series examining the root causes of poverty, what poverty really means to the many different kinds of people affected, and what we can do to contribute to the most meaningful solutions. We teamed up with some of our most trusted news partners to bring you custom content and highlight quality journalism that helps us understand these issues. We hope you’ll join us in supporting the organizations that are helping Americans in poverty with both their immediate needs and long-term pathways to more stable and prosperous lives.

Research has shown that individual health isn’t just determined by a person’s luck in the genetic lottery, or their desire to eat well and stay fit. In fact, the largest factor in a person’s health and well-being is poverty. In other words, it’s not healthy to be poor. Here are 20 ways that poverty affects your health.

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