In the United States 45 percent of children under 18 – 32.4 million – live in low-income families.
In the United States 49 percent of children under 3 – 5.6 million – live in low-income families.
Approximately one of every four children ages 2 to 5 years in the United States has a high (>85th percentile) body mass index and about one in 10 is obese (>95th percentile). North Carolina ranks 5th worst in the US for childhood obesity.
Half of the NC households have less than $46,291 per year.
Current research suggests that, on average, families need an income of about twice the federal poverty level just to afford basic expenses.