This is a book for tall people, those who relate to them, and anyone interested in height in general.
Being tall coincides with considerable professional, athletic, and social benefits. Yet there are also some problems, and these raise some questions. For instance, if longer levers and more cells really are behind increased risk of injuries and cancer, then how is it that giraffes get by?
Shorter men and overweight women could earn far more less over their lifetimes, probably because of sizeist discrimination.
In the genetic lottery, slender women and tall men really do seem to have hit the jackpot, after a huge study found that height and weight are critical to future earnings.
For every three inches taller a man is, he will earn on average Â£1,500 a year more. Likewise every extra stone costs a woman Â£1,500 a year.
It means that a six foot man is likely to earn an extra Â£70,000 over a working lifetime, compared to a colleague who is five foot nine inches. An overweight woman in contrast could see her lifetime earnings cut by more than Â£100,000 in comparison with a trim female.
Genetics and diet make Europe a fertile ground for growing tall men and women.
The World Health Organization has determined the international standards for children’s growth to the age of 5 years old. This classification is based on the norms seen among children coming from economically advantaged backgrounds, which exhibit similar growth patterns when breastfed during infancy. A person’s height is measured from his or her feet to the top of his or her head. Measurement of such is done with a device called a stadiometer. There are some factors that relate to growth, as populations sharing the same environmental factors and genetic backgrounds often exhibit similar trends in stature. Although genes and the endocrine system may cause such contrasting extremes as dwarfism or gigantism, children may also suffer from delayed growth and marked reductions of height achieved during adulthood due to malnutrition and external factors, such as during wartime or economic situations like poverty. With that in mind, we look at the countries with the tallest average populaces in the world, all of which are to be found in Europe. These average heights are the mean for total analyzed populations, including both male and female participants.