From Metro: Poverty can have a dramatic effect on people’s mental and physical health, as it can impact diet, healthcare access, sleep, and socialization.
“There are plenty of rightwing rent-a-gobs hired to spout the idea that people living in poverty should simply forgo luxuries like big televisions or certain foods. The problem here, though, is that although doing that might save a few pennies in the short term, it removes people’s sources of entertainment and comfort.
Those of us lucky enough to afford trips to the cinema or a bit of retail therapy here and there are never vilified for it. These things make life worth living, by giving us variety and happiness. Everybody deserves that sense of release.”