Nutrition affects growth and available funds for food is important. Many low income families qualify for federal lunch and breakfast programs at schools. They just need to apply. WIC and food stamps are also available to boost the nutritional offerings.
Crowded living conditions increase the risk of diseases such as TB, flu, respiratory illnesses etc... Income will force some families to put several children to the same bed.
Basic hygiene suffers if you have no running water, heat, or personal supplies. We encourge families to go to food banks in their communities to avail themselves of these items.
poverty ultimately affects how you feel about yourself. Self esteem suffers from lack of money, being out of work, not being able to be the dad or mom you wanted to be. It all gets back to the "social capital" of a community which means communities should have the ways and means to help ALL families who need assistance. Depressed areas often don't or migrating families don't know where to start or feel like outsiders.
Offering help to a family can be of great service.
Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
I imagine it would affect the low income bracket. We have a friend that we met through a local girl scouts troop that is very low income. However, she is trying to raise her children the best way she can. Her daughter befriended mine, and we do a lot for this little girl. Prior to meeting us, she had no idea about eating out, shopping, or any other luxury typical middle class families experience. I know she does not starve and her mother has not ever asked for assistance for food or basic needs. Maybe this helps :)
In addition to my answer above, it would depend on the educational background of the parents too. Some parents are ignorant to what is actually nutritional and the food labels. I know even some middle class parents are ignorant of this. Typically, because it is not stressed enough in the public schools. Why? So we can output many ignorant people to make bad choices. This funds the doctors, pharmacies, and other health care providers. Just a thought, this idea of "nutrition" is defined differently across the social economical stratus. I think as a society we do not stress how import whole foods are in general. We rather stress the food pyramid, which is rather vague and non-specific. For example, there is a big difference between spinach and a potato in regards to nutrition.