Posted by: fosterreisz | January 26, 2010

Outliers: The Story of Success – The Roseto Mystery

The introduction to Outliers tells a story about the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, where the people originally migrated from Roseto, Italy. The people of Roseto, PA amazed doctors with the low occurence of heart disease in their community. People here were more prone to die from old age thank anything else. Many of the inhabitants were obese, but still lived long lives. The doctors performed all kinds of tests, but couldn’t figure out why this was. They then looked to the social structure of Roseto. Many of the residents would stop to chat with neighbors. Sometimes three generations of a family would live under one roof. It seems as though it was the sense of community and togetherness that made them live happy, long lives. With American families dividing after high school and college, it is no wonder why our situation proves Roseto’s so true.


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