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 just over 28 percent of children in Ohio's 32-county Appalachian region live in poverty, according to The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1AXQYGd ).
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.