Human height may play a much larger role on psychological well-being than historically thought. The results of a study concentrating on Swedish men shockingly concluded that shorter men are far more likely to commit suicide.
The study found human height can have up to a twofold higher risk of suicide in men considered to be short than in their taller counterparts, the researchers claim in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
One of the researchers that worked on the study is Finn Rasmussen, MD, PhD., an associate professor in Sweden’s Karolinska Institute’s public health sciences department.
Human Height the Determining Factor in Suicides, Study Finds
1.3 million Swedish men born between the years 1950 and 1981 were the focus of the study. Records of their heights at the age of 18 to 19 were documented; the source of that information was derived from their military records. During the noted time period, the average male height was 5’9″.
The study lasted 15 years, during which time 3,075 of the men committed suicide. The study (and thus, the findings) was only focused on men between the ages of 18 and 49 so older men, younger teens, women, and children were not focused on.
Ensuring they wouldn’t report findings that were false positives, the researchers were careful to rule out other variables including marital status, socioeconomic status, prenatal influences, and psychiatric diagnoses. All of those factors proved have very little to no bearing on the study’s outcome.