[LMB] height, was Sharing Knife - more stray thoughts

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Mon Jan 28 20:04:31 GMT 2019


On Sat, 26 Jan 2019 14:15:51 +0000, John Lennard
<john.c.lennard at gmail.com> wrote:

>AIUI, the rapid increases in average height in various cultures/ethnicities
>(including the UK) observable from or after about 1900 are thought to be
>attributable largely to canned baby foods, which use sugar as a
>preservative. Ramp up the calorific intake in the first 2 years of life,
>and your Uncle Bob is increasingly likely to play basketball.
>
>It's continuing, also. I'm 6'4" (I.93 metres), and 35 years ago I was very
>usually the tallest person in the room ; now any number of students loom
>above me.

The average height in Japan has increased since WWII, I gather.
-- 
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit,
and mean actions to fear.  - Friedrich Nietzsche


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