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The Hazards of Becoming an American

Burgers the size of plates are not blessings.

Not everything about the American lifestyle is conducive to good health. Foreign-born Hispanics live about three years longer than those born in America. Our wages may be higher and we have a very sophisticated healthcare system--but immigrants also want to adopt the American lifestyle of smoking, drinking, sedentary living, and high calorie diets. The New York Times quoted a recent immigrant saying, "this is really a country of opportunity. Look at the size of the food!"

PositiveTip: In a land of plenty, restraint and self-control are essential to good health.