2009 November 20 Friday
Life Expectancy In Mexico

Recently on an old post an irate commenter named Maria told me in ALL CAPS (with lots of exclamation points) that I didn't understand why illegal immigrants are coming to America: Because they can't survive in their own countries. I deleted her ALL CAPS comment and sent her an e-mail to submit it again without using ALL CAPS. I do, parenthetically, delete comments that are written in ALL CAPS. I probably have missed a few but ALL CAPS is one of the few things (aside from spam) that cause me to delete comments. But I digress.

Maria's comment about survival got me curious about something: How long do starving, desperate, incredibly poor Mexicans live? Average life expectancy in every Mexican state is above 70 years.

Another immigration myth shot to hell.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2009 November 20 02:37 PM  Mexico

sg said at November 20, 2009 3:44 PM:

Uh, some research seems to show that moving to the US from Mexico is a risk factor for morbid conditions later in life.

Healthy life expectancy among Mexicans and Mexican Americans: A cross national comparison
By Ching-yi A. Shieh
2112 Art-Sociology Building University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 cshieh@socy.umd.edu

"The analysis of disability-free life expectancy using at least one IADL limitation as an indicator shows that ever U.S. migrants residing in Mexico have the longest years free from disability in their later-life, followed by those who never left Mexico. On the other hand, the U.S. born Mexicans will reach the state of having at least one IADL limitation sooner than others. The active life expectancy analysis using at least one ADL limitation variable demonstrates similar pattern—elderly men in Mexico have the longest years of activity in their later-life."


MaryJ said at November 20, 2009 6:51 PM:

Mexico is also the second-highest country in the world for obesity rates (the US being first). No, they are not starving to death. OTOH, the obesity epidemic in Mexico may turn out to be a good thing for us: less proficiency at climbing the fence or tunneling under the border. Along those lines, I personally feel we should do whatever we can to encourage Mexicans to eat fattening junk food.

Dave Gore said at November 22, 2009 9:18 AM:

Speaking of all caps..
Robert Heinlein wrote a story that referred to a system of rating the emotional content of speech. Each word or phrase is assigned its own rating for negative connotations, and the speech or article as a whole is rated by adding up the ratings for the words and phrases it contains. Thus "the kike shit his pants" might mean the same as "the Jewish man was frightened", but it is loaded with negative connotations. It would be interesting to see how current publications and blogs would be rated on such a scale.

Bill Alden said at November 26, 2009 10:59 AM:

Average life expectancy for all of Mexico was reported at 75.84 years - just about two years less than that in the United States, which is right around 78 years. But the 78 years figure is for all Americans, not for mestizos, who I suspect have a lower life expectancy even here.

No, Mexicans are not dropping like flies. We should keep a FAQs-type list of all the washed-up arguments the open borders shills frequently haul out to argue for more immigration/amnesty.

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