Saturday, October 16, 2010

Latino Longevity

News "that Latinos in the United States live 2.5 years longer than their white counterparts" — Longevity study confirms 'Latino Paradox': poor in wealth, rich in health. "The study did not look at the influence of religion, which could play a role in health habits."

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Let's see, a culture that values family and faith ahead of consumerism and materialism, versus a culture that focuses on acquisition and alienation. Why in the world would the first culture produce healthier people than the second one????? Gee, maybe the fact that older people are seen as integral parts of the family and not waste to be packed away into nursing homes might have something to do with it as well?????

12:34 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...


2:59 AM  
Blogger van said...

It may well be that family plays a part in health, but faith? Give me one good reason. I'm really curious to hear it.

The average Australian lives about 3 years longer than the average American, and we're mostly godless heathens. How do you figure that?

A few facts to mull over:

the top 5 countries by life expectation are:

1. Japan
2. Hong Kong
3. Iceland
4. Switzerland
5. Australia

Nary a religious nation in sight.

More likely it has to do with genetics and eating habits.

6:00 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Across populations, I'd agree with you, but within a population, there might be a correlation, just as people who floss their teeth live six years longer on average.

7:25 PM  
Blogger van said...

American Latinos eat lots of beans, rice and vegetables. They also have large family support networks. Seems pretty straightforward to me.

I just don't get the religious angle, whether its across populations or within them.

As for Mark's comments on consumerism and materialism, there's no way the non-religious are bigger consumers of material items than their religious peers, at least in the US context. I'd point you to the Republican party and its (largely) religious constituants as evidence of this.

8:42 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

The "large family support networks" you speak of are (for Latinos; were for Europeans) a hallmark of Catholic culture. In contrast, as Cardinal George stated, all (Anglo) Americans, even Catholics, are culturally Calvinist.

9:06 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

"all (Anglo) Americans, even Catholics, are culturally Calvinists"

Personal parishes are a reaction to the destruction of the cultural neighborhood. People seek out their own kind at personal parishes because they can't be found more locally.

The extended family often doesn't exist because of conflict on principles of the Faith between members of extended family. Because where there is not that conflict, I often find extended families to exist.

Likewise with those who are culturally catholic where their understanding of the Faith is virtually non-existent. You won't find conflict.

In other words, dumb catholics who don't make distinctions are more likely to have extended family

10:37 PM  

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