Report: Children in Appalachia worse off

COLUMBUS (AP) — A new report from a child welfare organization shows that children in Ohio’s Appalachian counties are worse off than kids in inner-city neighborhoods.

The report from the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio says children in Ohio’s eastern and southern counties are increasingly at a disadvantage. They are more likely to suffer from hunger, obesity and a lack of health care than kids in the rest of the state.

The report shows that slightly more than 28 percent of children in Ohio’s 32-county Appalachian region live in poverty, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Statewide, child-poverty rates increased 39 percent from 2002 to 2012. Youth poverty increased 136 percent in Appalachian counties, compared with 50 percent in the state’s other counties.

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