Want to Know How to Grow Tall? Avoid Eating Like an American
One of the best indicators of the overall health of a population is its average height. And until just a few years ago, the citizens of the United States were the tallest in the world. Additionally, Americans tended to enjoy overall better health than the populations of any other nation in the world. That trend has since come to a screeching halt. The populations of Western Europe now enjoy the distinction of being the tallest populations on Earth. And if that isn’t enough of an indicator that Americans’ health (and overall height) is declining, then the fact that the differences are growing larger certainly should be.
Americans are not only not growing taller than they used to, they are also dying sooner. Americans’ life longevity has slumped in recent years during just about the same time that they began to decrease in overall height. The references vary slightly, but the oft-reported figure that shows up over and over again is that the U.S. ranks somewhere between 28th and 38th in the world for life expectancy. This ranking is well behind that of nearly all western European nations.
The tallest men in the world are Dutch. The male height of the average man in the Netherlands is 6’1″. The average male height of an American man is just 5’9.5″ in comparision.
How to Grow Tall – It’s Not Just Wealth Anymore
It used to be that a population’s wealth was a good indicator of how tall and how much its citizens weighed. That’s not the case anymore. In the past, the wealthier individuals were almost always significantly taller than their poorer counterparts. For instance, in the late 1700’s the height difference between the rich and the poor was almost nine full inches. Read More