Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Up There: Netherlands, Latvia Lead World for People's Height

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Up There: Netherlands, Latvia Lead World for People's Height

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NEW YORK - If you want to see a tall population of men, go to the Netherlands. Tall women? Latvia. And in the United States, which lags behind dozens of other countries in height, the average for adults stopped increasing about 20 years ago.

That's the word from researchers who analyzed a century's worth of height data from 200 countries. Results were released Monday in the journal eLife.

National height averages are useful as an indicator of nutrition, health care, environment and general health that people have experienced from the womb through adolescence, said Majid Ezzati of Imperial College London, who led the research. Genes also influence height.

The researchers calculated average height for 18 year olds, roughly the age when people stop growing. They drew on more than 1,400 studies that covered more than 18. …

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