The poverty rate of individuals younger than 18 years jumped to 22% in 2011, compared with 16% a decade earlier, according to a report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. The report showed the rate was especially high among minority populations. "We know that children who live in poverty have poorer nutritional status and poorer health status," said Dr. Thomas McInerny, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has made childhood poverty one of its top agenda items in the coming years.

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