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Hispanics Live Longer Than Whites, Blacks

From a context-free ABC News:

Why Do Hispanics Outlive White and Black Americans?

New Government Data Confirms What Researchers Call the ‘Hispanic Paradox’

Oct. 14, 2010

A new government report on life expectancy confirms what researchers call the "Hispanic paradox" — that Hispanics live longer that Caucasians and African Americans in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control data, Hispanics born in 2006 have a life expectancy of 80 years, seven months. That compares to about 78 years for whites and just under 73 years for blacks.

The paradox is that affluence and education appear to have little to do with longevity. The nation’s Hispanic population has lower levels of both.

Access to healthcare doesn’t seem to be a factor, either. Since we are constantly told that Hispanics don’t have adequate access to healthcare.

It’s the first time that researchers have confirmed the trend with hard numbers because until recently, the government didn’t keep track of Hispanics as a separate ethnic group.

So what are the real-world reasons driving the data?

Scientists have several theories.

One is that immigrants who make it to the U.S. are among the hardiest from their home countries, and some 40 percent of the U.S. Hispanic population was born elsewhere. They also may bring with them a healthier diet and lifestyle

That’s why the life expectancy in Mexico is so much higher than that for the US, huh? (The United Nations lists Mexico has 48, while the US is ranked at 38.)

Researchers say long-term health has a lot to do with diet, and immigrants are far less likely to indulge in the types of fattening foods that have expanded the American waistline. Instead of fast food and processed products, immigrants tend to favor fruit, vegetables, rice and beans

That’s why you never see any overweight Hispanics.

Besides a healthy diet, Hispanic immigrants also have the strong social bonds with family and friends that longevity experts say promote a long and happy life — including drinking and smoking less

And here we thought so many Hispanics had to live ‘in the shadows,’ and that they were generally discriminated against – even ‘profiled.’

Still, the healthy habits that immigrants have when arriving in this country aren’t permanent. Within a generation, behaviors can change and assimilate to American norms.

"People eventually ride instead of walking, they start smoking … they start eating away from home," said Delgado. "Over time, these good health things get lost."

Damnation. Well, it’s clear that we need to return them to their native countries for their own good.

After all, if our benevolent government can tell us what we can and can’t put in our bodies to protect our health, deporting people should be child’s play.

(Thanks to Confucius for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Hispanics Live Longer Than Whites, Blacks”

  1. confucius says:

    From ABC News:

    Why Do Hispanics Outlive White and Black Americans?

    by David Wright and Bradley Blackburn
    October 14, 2010

    A new government report on life expectancy confirms what researchers call the “Hispanic paradox” — that Hispanics live longer that Caucasians and African Americans in the United States…


    So now who is “the disadvantaged”?

    • Coco Q. Rico says:

      Don’t worry all of you — I’ll clean up after all your wakes and funerals. If I live to 80 that means I don’t have to check out until 2051.

      Then again, Latino or not, if California re-elects Boxer, Sherman, and Brown, I may not want to live that long.

      Now if I can just read on ABC News about a new study showing I’m not the only Latino Republican in southern California.

  2. oldpuppydixie says:

    Could be because they kill so many of us OFF!!

  3. proreason says:

    “Hispanics born in 2006 have a life expectancy of 80 years, seven months”


    Why not 180 years, seven months?

    They are talking about 4 year-old children. They have no clue what those children will eat, what diseases they will attract, or how long they will live. It’s a complete, 100% fantasy.

    Here’s what it’s all about…..propaganda.

    • confucius says:

      ABC’s message is clear: foreigners are healthy until they come here.

      ABC’s interpretation of the study is easily proven wrong. If longevity were dependent on time spent living in America, then blacks would live the longest followed by whites and then Hispanics–i.e. the exact opposite of what the CDC found. Of course, this assumes that the Spanish are not Hispanics (as per the U.S. Census Bureau), Mexicans were here first (as per La Raza) and the white explorers were here before the white slave traders (as per conventional teaching).

      One way to test ABC’s hypothesis would be to send everyone back to their native countries and see what happens to longevity rates.

      I don’t yet have a copy of the CDC study, but other news reports indicate the CDC studied data from as far back as the 1990’s before calculating life expectancy for Hispanics born in 2006. (Why the CDC chose 2006 I do not know, but I’m guessing 2006 is when their data ended.)

      However, it looks like this is the first-ever CDC study to separate Hispanics from the all-encompassing group known as “minorities.” It also looks like this resulted from a 1989 government mandate requiring death certificates list “Hispanic” as a separate entity.

      ABC’s article is a result of what happens when a biased news organization interprets scientific data already skewed by government policy.

      From a scientific standpoint, it is wholly reasonable to study data based on ethnicity. It has led to several discoveries like the cardio-protective effects of omega-3 fatty acids.

    • canary says:

      pro, my first thought too on choosing Mexican children in 2006. Second they are using data of baby’s who make it through the hardship of crossing the border?
      Then they would not be legal, and what data was used.

      “…One is that immigrants who make it to the U.S. are among the hardiest from their home countries, and some 40 percent of the U.S. Hispanic population was born elsewhere.
      They also may bring with them a healthier diet and lifestyle…”

      Then they would debunk the problem of childhood obesity. I am not trying to be mean as I love children, and don’t believe in making fun of them. But, my church has tutor elementary Mexican children to learn English, as their parents… ya know. And the majority are overweight. The photo last year of the Latino’s helping Michelle wash the vegetables to feast on the lettuce & peas of their labor, showed nearly all to be overweight, and growing her garden did not slim them down. And even the photo where she visited that elementary school that won the contest, and Michelle again was in a circle with majority of overweight Latino children. Perhaps because they get free school lunches, or food in America is easier available. It just doesn’t add up. I put the CDC in the same category as the EPA as far as b.s.

    • beautyofreason says:

      It’s comparable to someone in 1934 calculating the life expectancy of a four-year-old who would be expected to live until 2010.

      Do you think people during the Great Depression anticipated a glut of french fries, high definition televisions, or on the plus side the polio vaccine, heart transplants, or gene therapy? My grandmother grew up in that decade and she sold a goat for 6 dollars, which she subsequently lost when the banks failed. She went to a school with a straw floor. Their world was very different then.

      Life expectancy statistics are a crap shoot.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      @confucius – but was it peer-reviewed? I know junk science when I see it, and this is junk science.

  4. Adam Moreira says:

    Could well be coincidence…this study doesn’t do a good job at all of ruling out extrinsic variables or other possibilities.

  5. confucius says:

    The CDC released their study. They state the purpose of their study was to investigate the longevity of Hispanics vs. whites vs. blacks because earlier studies performed by other organizations using differing methodologies showed Hispanics living longer than whites and whites living longer than blacks. Another purpose was to remove a potential methodological error in the earlier studies in an attempt to obtain more accurate results. Finally, the authors state:

    “In 2006, the Hispanic population represented 15 percent of the total U.S. population and is the largest ethnic minority population in the United States, having surpassed in number the non-Hispanic black population. As a result, considerable interest and demand for the production of reliable vital statistics for this population, including mortality measures such as life expectancy exist.

    The authors do not mention the origin of this “interest and demand.”

    The CDC’s data came from the National Center for Health Statistics, the American Community Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid and vital statistic records collected from all U.S. states. This makes their database quite large, if not the largest of all the ethnic-based longevity studies. The study period was between January 2006 and December 2008.

    The CDC analyzed the data and calculated life expectancy rates using methods similar to past studies. The difference here was the new ethnic category of “Hispanic.” The category was further divided into (and represented in the study by) Mexicans (64.5%), Puerto Ricans (9.1%), Cubans (3.5%), Dominicans (2.8%), Spaniards (1.0%), Central Americans (7.9%), South Americans (5.6%) and Other (5.7%).

    It should be noted that the federal government mandated ethnic categories, like Mexican, and Spaniard, be listed on vital statistic records in 1989. All states had complied by 1997 making the CDC’s study possible.

    The CDC’s findings parallel those found in other studies—i.e. Hispanics outlive whites and whites outlive blacks. They also found that it doesn’t matter when the ethnic group starts living in America. Whether it is at birth or at age 60, Hispanics outlive whites and whites outlive blacks.

    ABC’s article misrepresents the study by reporting the life expectancy of only Hispanic babies born in 2006 and not reporting how the calculation was made.

    ABC further misrepresents the study in assigning causation. The study does not attempt to explain the discrepancies in longevity. It was designed to discover patterns and not causation.

    Another interesting finding (that ABC missed) is that Hispanics experience lower infant mortality rates than the white and black populations.

    The complete study can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_02/sr02_152.pdf

    • proreason says:

      The designation “Hispanic” is so diverse that it is no more meaningful than “European”.

      Depending on the country, Hispanics (even before they arrive in the US) are a mix of American Indians, Spaniards, Africans, and a smattering of other originating countries.

      Just considering the American Indian side, the Americas are a greater landmass than Europe, by far, so one would expect significant diversity in the genetic heritage and cultures of Indians.

      Once Hispanics arrive in the US, within a couple of generations, even further genetic diversity is introduced.

      I question whether there is much value at all in drawing conclusions by treating Hispanics as a homogenous group.

      I think we agree, confucious, that the study is politics, not science.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    I really like how they call Hispanics, ‘immigrants’.
    All the while hiding the FACT that most are ‘ILLEGAL’ trespassers and should not be here in the first damn place!!

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