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Americans Aren’t Getting Taller

Americans have historically grown taller as time progresses. However, this growth has been stagnant for the past 50 years. A recent article in The New Yorker titled “The Height Gap” discusses why Europeans are getting taller and Americans are not.

My interpretation of the article leads me to believe that nutrition and overall health are the biggest factors that determine a person’s height. I’m not an expert on this, and I realize that genetics also play a part – but you can make some common-sense observations after reading the article mentioned above.

Not only has the American diet of processed food crippled the country with obesity and related health problems, but healthier countries such as the Netherlands have passed us in average height.

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