BROOKLYN, NY – Four more years! Four more years! No, this is not a memory of Obama’s re-election campaign. Four more years is how long Latinos live, on average, compared to non-Hispanic whites in the U.S.
Yes, fiesta grande! The Social Science Research Council suggests Latinos live longer despite the fact that as a community they are less likely to have access to medical care, they work like crazy and are poorer. In the Washington, D.C. metro area, Latinos apparently outlive Caucasians by eight years, and outlive African Americans by 13 years. It probably has something to do with the soap operas they watch on TV.
Researchers say Latinos in general drink and smoke less than non-Hispanic whites, which explains lower rates of heart decease, stroke and cancer. Family and community support among Hispanics is another factor contributing to the situation, and compensates for the lack of health insurance. But scientists still believe the whole thing is mostly a mystery.
So folks, enough with speculations: maybe it’s about time we started playing some soccer or football, as they call it on the other side of the border.