Yglesias

American Decline

CREDIT:

Looks like Mexico is en route to surpassing the United States as the world’s fattest nation. Note that Mexico has an impressive life expectancy at birth of 75.6 years despite being a pretty poor country without first class health care services and a diet that’s not generally regarded as particularly healthy.

This is perhaps related to the so-called “Hispanic Paradox” in US health care outcomes, wherein inside the United States “which most Hispanic groups are characterized by low socioeconomic status, but better than expected health and mortality outcomes.”