Monday, February 27, 2006

This Doesn't Jive

From the AP,
LITTLE ROCK AP About 81 percent of Arkansas households are "food insecure," meaning they don't have reliable access to food, according to an anti-hunger group in Arkansas.

The national rate is 70 percent, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance says
OK, this just doesn't sound right. I see too manychunkyy people walking around for this to be true. There are too many people at work constantly on diets. Since our governor has lost a bit of weight and has been promoting a healthy lifestyle I check out his web site

* Arkansas has seen a 77% increase in
obesity from 1991-2000.
* Over 60% of Arkansas adults are at an
unhealthy weight and 37% of these are
According to a press release from the National Governors Association. The first two days of the meeting were dedicated to Gov. Huckabee's chairman's initiative Healthy America. Huckabee said "nearly 129 million adults in the United States are overweight; of these, more than 60 million are obese and 9 million are severely obese."

Yup, what do you know! Corrective: US-Hunger-Ark story

LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- In a Feb. 23 story about hunger in Arkansas, The Associated Press reported erroneously that 81 percent of Arkansas' households and 70 percent of the nation's households did not have reliable access to food.

A report by the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance said food banks provide assistance to about 10.6 percent of the state's population and that, among their clients, a survey showed that 81 percent did not have reliable access to food. The national figure is 70 percent among food-bank clients
I still don't understand why 81% of food-bank clients have trouble getting food and yet 60% of Arkansas adults are at an unhealthy weight(FAT!) What does "reliable access to food" mean? What do they mean by "food"? Could it be that "food insecure" is the liberal left's lingo for "we can't say 'hunger in American' anymore because people would laugh at us. We still need to extort money from the government so let's change the language and the argument to 'fear of being hungry occasionally' or 'at risk of being in fear of being hungry'. We'll just keep coming up with new terms to confuse people, so that they won't look too closely at the truth of what it actually means to be 'poor' and 'hungry'".

I think this is one bogus study. There is not a single place in the entire U.S. that a person can live and not have access to free food for the asking, made available by government programs as well as private charities.

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