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Americans are Getting Shorter

Increased height has always been a sign of health and Americans have always been taller than Europeans?until now. Now they're becoming taller than we are and researchers want to know why. John Komlos says, "There is much concern about the obesity epidemic in the U.S. because of health consequences, but the fact that the physical stature of Americans has been lagging well behind European levels has all but eluded comment. Within half a century a veritable metamorphosis in the shape of the American population took place without notice; from being the tallest in the world still around World War II, Americans have become one of the most obese at the start of the 21st century."

Komlos analyzed data from the last 200 years for 250,000 people and found that in the 1800s, the Dutch were about three inches shorter than Americans, but now they're around three inches taller. When he compared the heights of American slaves and present-day Norwegians, he discovered that, at the time of the American Revolution in 1775, the average American man was 5 feet 9 inches tall, which was about two inches taller than the average British man. Now the average Brit is half an inch taller than the average American.

The logical assumption would be that the U.S. has lots of short immigrants, such as Mexicans and Asians, but Komlos says he's left those people out of his study. He says, "We think it could be linked to factors such as the better medical attention available in western and northern European countries, and better access to a welfare state. There is also a more even distribution of income in western and northern Europe." 40 million Americans don't have health insurance, while the Dutch have the "world's best" pre- and post-natal care.

Due to starvation and lack of good nutrition, North Koreans are becoming smaller and frailer than South Koreans, almost as if they were another race. It's hard to believe that the same thing could be happening here in the U.S. too.

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