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    Saturday, July 28, 2012 8:57 am Email this article

    I suspect that a big part of the increasing obesity of Americans is due to ethnic diversity. It's a paradox, right? Think of Hispanic families having a picnic or Asian families taking an after-dinner walk. You would think the inclusion of such family-oriented cultures into America would increase socialization and reduce obesity?

    ‚ÄčI am sure it does in some places. In parts of West L.A. every word is in Korean, and half the former population of El Salvador lives in Hyattsville, Maryland. Fine, for the people living there. But outside those places, there are too many blocks of suburban homes where no one wants to know their neighbors because they don't share a culture. You think America is the "great mixing pot"? Ha!

    In my neighborhood when I run in the cool of the evening, all I hear is the sound of my footfalls and the chirping of birds. A car approaching, a long way off, appears, tinted windows rolled up, air-conditioned. The unseen driver opens the garage door by remote control and drives in. The door goes down, and there is silence again. No sounds of children playing or neighbors talking. When I do chance to see these Asian, Middle Eastern, African, Hispanic "neighbors", I see, they are always fat. Always stressed. Social isolation and cultural conflict. They eat their stress.

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