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The World’s Tallest People Are Shrinking!

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

The Netherlands are known to be home to some of the world’s tallest people but….

A new study has been carried out by the country's statistics office and has found that people born in the 1980s are taller than people born in 2001. The study was based on self-measurements of 719,000 Dutch people aged between 19 and 60.

Right now 19-year-old Dutch men currently measure an average of 182.9cm (roughly 6ft) tall and women are an average of 169.3 (roughly 5ft 7in) tall. But now, men born in 2001 are on average one cm shorter than men born only a generation earlier; women are 1.4cm smaller compared to older women.

Some reasons behind why growth might have stopped are immigration and diet, which unfortunately reverse a century of rapid growth.

Some of the tallest people in the world are:

  1. The Netherlands

  2. Montenegro

  3. Denmark

  4. Norway

  5. Serbia

Countries with the shortest people are:

  1. Indonesia

  2. Bolivia

  3. The Philippines

  4. Vietnam

  5. Cambodia

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