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Which nation's people are the tallest in the world? 100-year global study has the answers

07:03 PM | 26 Jul, 2016
Which nation's people are the tallest in the world? 100-year global study has the answers
NEW YORK - According to the largest ever study of height around the world, Dutch men and Latvian women are the planet's tallest people while Iranian men and South Korean women have grown the fastest in the last century.

The research, led by scientists from Imperial College London, used data from almost all countries in the world to track height among young adult men and women between 1914 and 2014.

The research revealed South Korean women and Iranian men had shown the biggest increases in height over the past 100 years. Iranian men have increased by an average of 16.5 cm, and South Korean women by 20.2 cm.

The height of men and women in the UK has increased by around 11 cm over the past century. By comparison, the height of men and women in the USA has increased by 6 cm and 5 cm, respectively, while the height of Chinese men and women has increased by around 11 cm and 10 cm.

The United States was one of the first wealthy countries to plateau in terms of height, according to study. It was followed by others, including Britain, Finland, and Japan. Meanwhile, people in Spain and Italy and many countries in Latin America and East Asia are still gaining in height.

The research also revealed that the once-tall USA had declined from third tallest men and fourth tallest women in the world in 1914 to 37th and 42nd place respectively in 2014. Overall, the top ten tallest nations in 2014 for men and women were dominated by European countries, and featured no English-speaking nation. UK women improved from 57th to 38th place over a century, while men had improved slightly from 36th to 31st place.

Nutrition and environmental factors play a key role in our growth, although an individual's genetic factors may also play a role. Children and adolescents who are better nourished and live in better environments tend to be taller, and height may even be influenced by a mother's health and nutrition during pregnancy. Height has lifelong consequences for health and even education and earnings.

Some research suggests people who are taller tend to live longer, gain a better education and even earn more. However, being tall also carries some health risks, as studies have linked height to a greater risk of certain cancers including ovarian and prostate cancers.

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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