Approximately three million Canadians, or one in 11 people, live in poverty. Here are five facts that may surprise you about poverty.
1. Poverty hurts your ability to think.
Poverty itself taxes the brain and reduces cognitive function by about 13 IQ points.
2. Poverty and obesity go together.
Obesity is a problem often associated with low income and the inability to access affordable, healthy food. Those who are obese are at risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.