A big issue that relates to children and poverty is obesity. A large amount of children who grew up in poverty or children who live in low income households are obese. Without having the funds to buy healthy or proper food, many parents feel they must resort to fast food or unhealthy junk food. Parents are also not able to pay for extracurricular activities or sports teams for their children to join. Exercise is a big part of a health child’s life, and not joining club or rec teams can make it harder for a child to incorporate exercise into their daily life. When looking at obesity, there can be many problems that are side effects of this disease. Growing up obesity can lead to eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and many other problems down the road (Eating Behaviors, Weight Bias, and Psychological Functioning in Multi-ethnic Low-income Adolescents). In order to avoid this parents need to be educated and understand the repercussion of feeding their children unhealthy food. There are healthy alternatives out there that do not cost a large sum of money, but educating these parents is where the difference is going to be made.The other issue I plan to focus on the issue of the high crime rates relating to adolescents in poverty. In order to prevent this, research has shown that children who are a part of religious groups have a lower chance of committing crimes (The Protective Effects of Religious Beliefs on Behavioral Health Factors Among Low Income African American Adolescents in Chicago). The more children who live in poverty attend church, the less likely their are out causing trouble and getting into bad situations. Having older mentors and peers help lead them in the right direction and the importance of living a positive life can help drastically. Once these children know they are cared for and loved, their perspective of life can benefit greatly. Creating groups or clubs where these kids is something that does not take a lot of time and can make a huge difference. Completing more research can allow society to help understand ways to help adolescents who are living in poverty. Even though a large amount of our world understands that children are living in very poor conditions, it is still a major issue. I think it is important to continue to educate society and show them the living conditions and effects that can come from poverty. By making a change, I feel that their will not only be less crimes or homeless people living on the streets, but more successful and happy people living in this world. It does not take much to make a difference, which is why I think we need to have more people aware of this issue. Not only will the children benefit greatly, but society as a whole will also.