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Bigger and better: study finds European men getting taller


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Bigger and better: study finds European men getting taller

The height of European men has shot up by an average of 11 cms, according to a new study.

British researchers studied the height of males from 15 countries in Europe for the period from 1870 to 1980.

The average topped 1m 73 cms by the start of the 1980s.

The survey also found that the average male height in the Netherlands increased by 14 cms for that same 90 year time frame.

It was closely followed by Sweden and Spain.

Martine Vercauteren, a biology professor at the ULB in Brussels, explained why.

“This is a trend that we can trace back to the industrial revolution in Europe, north america and some African countries. Improved living conditions explain it. This improvement has removed all factors that slow growth,” she told euronews.

“Some say that it has come to an end as there is no longer any improvement to our living conditions. And we can also say that there is too much pollution, for example, one day we might see a reverse of this trend “

Other height boosting factors include higher per capita incomes; better housing; increased awareness about health and nutrition, as well as better social services and healthcare systems.

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