Immigrating to Obesity
THE SOURCE: “Immigration and the American Obesity Epidemic” by Lingxin Hao and Julie J. H. Kim, in International Migration Review, Summer 2009.
Immigration and the incidence of obesity in the United States both started increasing around 1965, but don’t blame newcomers for the nation’s bulging bellies. Without mass immigration, America’s obesity crisis would be even worse.
The average immigrant is slimmer than the average native-born American and stays that way for some 10 years after coming to the United States, report Lingxin Hao, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University, and Julie J. H....