Americans Are No Longer the Tallest People

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Average height provides one of the best indications of a population’s overall health. Until the last few years, U.S. citizens were the world’s tallest and enjoyed better health than the people of any other nation. Things have changed, though. Now, western Europeans’ height exceeds that of Americans, and the difference is growing larger.

If there’s any question about the connection between height and health, consider that longevity has also decreased during the same time that height has dropped. References vary, but the usually-reported figure is that the United States is between 28 and 38 in the world for life expectancy, behind nearly all western European nations.

Having spent most of his professional life poring through historical records of height, ProfessorĀ  Continue reading