The last century has seen unprecedented increases in the heights of adults (Bleakley et al., 2013). Among young men in western Europe, that increase amounts to about four inches. On average, sons have been taller than their fathers for the last five generations. These gains in height are linked to improvements in health and longevity.
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Longstanding arguments that ill health impedes economic development hit a snag when evidence emerged that the global decline of infectious disease in the mid-20th century did not bring prosperity to the world’s unhealthiest countries (Acemoglu and Johnson 2007).
How have Europeans grown so tall?
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With so much of the focus in healthcare research on ageing populations (see for example Breyer et al. 2011 on this site), we might be forgiven for taking our eyes off the younger generations. But a glance in their direction can reveal some striking trends.
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