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Where World's Tallest Women, Men Live

Latvian women, Dutch men are tallest: study

(Newser) - Latvian women are tallest in the world, with an average height of 5-foot-7, according to a new study in the journal eLife . The same study, based on 2014 data, finds Dutch men tower over the rest at an even 6 feet on average, reports the BBC . The US—home to... More »

Guys With Long Legs Have Twice the Risk of 1 Cancer

More growth hormones that drive bone growth in legs may be risk factor for colon cancer

(Newser) - Higher cancer rates have been linked generally to taller people, but University of Minnesota researchers are reporting a startling find: Men with longer legs have a 42% higher risk of developing colorectal cancer than those with shorter legs, reports Live Science . More specifically, they found that the men with the... More »

Your Size Predicts How Much You Earn

Short men, overweight women are at a disadvantage: study

(Newser) - Bad news for short men and overweight women: You have "reduced chances in life" when it comes to income, education, and job prospects, the Washington Post reports via a new study in the British Medical Journal . University of Exeter researchers analyzed how genetic variants related to height and BMI... More »

Shorter Women Tend to Have Shorter Pregnancies

Maternal height appears to influence gestational age

(Newser) - The height and weight of a newborn baby is largely governed by his or her own genes, but it's the height of the mother that's giving researchers a telltale sign, reports the Telegraph . Specifically, shorter women have shorter pregnancies and thus more premature babies, report investigators at the... More »

The Shorter You Are, the Higher Your Heart Disease Risk

Research looks at genetics in 200K people

(Newser) - It's tough enough being on the shorter side, and a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine doesn't make things any easier. Researchers in the UK find that being small of stature increases the risk of coronary heart disease, the Telegraph reports. More specifically, for every... More »

Scientists Are Decoding the Genetics of Height

They've now identified nearly 700 genetic variants related to height

(Newser) - Scientists are knee-deep in a freakishly large study (part of the aptly named GIANT Consortium) to better understand the genetics at play in human height. They tell Reuters that height can tell us a lot about various aspects of human health—including diseases like "obesity, diabetes, asthma that are... More »

In Marriage, Short Guys Keep the Girl

New research shows they get divorced at vastly lower rates

(Newser) - The short guy doesn't always get the girl, but when he does, he usually gets to keep her. So says a new study in the National Bureau of Economic Research , which found that short guys, defined as those shorter than 5-foot-7, are about 18% less likely to marry than... More »

'Short Man Syndrome' Is Real

Researchers use virtual reality to shrink subjects

(Newser) - Scientists are lending some support to a persistent stereotype—or, as the Telegraph puts it, "Short-man syndrome really does exist." Researchers exposed subjects to two scenarios on a virtual-reality version of the London Underground. In one, subjects retained their normal heights; in the other, they were 10 inches... More »

Men Gained 4 Inches Height in 100 Years

Europeans shot up as childhood disease declined

(Newser) - The past is made of shorter people, according to new research that shows the average height of European men shot up 4.3 inches in the century from the 1870s to about 1980, despite two world wars and a Great Depression. The study reviewed data from 15 countries and found... More »

Asthma Drug Stunts Kids' Height for Life

Called budesonide, it's still too effective to give up

(Newser) - A decade after an asthma drug was found to stunt children's growth, scientists today announced a rather unpleasant find: The hampered growth seems permanent. On the bright side, however, it doesn't get any worse, NBC News reports. "This was surprising because in previous studies, we found that... More »

Latest Today Wrinkle: Savannah Towers Over Matt

NBC wants her to wear shorter heels, source claims

(Newser) - After much drama, Savannah Guthrie replaced Ann Curry as co-host of NBC's Today—but it may not all be smooth sailing yet. "Guthrie's height has become an issue," a source tells the New York Post . She's 5'10", but that shoots up to more than... More »

Taller Women at Higher Risk for Ovarian Cancer

Oxford study shows slightly elevated danger

(Newser) - Taller women face a higher risk of ovarian cancer, although the difference is small, according to a new study out of Oxford University. "If we compare a woman who is 5 feet tall with a woman who is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, there is a relative difference in... More »

Tall? Your Cancer Risk Just Went Up

In women, four extra inches increases risk by 16%: study

(Newser) - If you've always wished for a few extra inches, you might want to reconsider: A new study finds that taller people are at greater risk of getting cancer. For every extra four inches of height in women, the overall risk rises by about 16%, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

To End Fight, Nepal Sets Out to Measure Everest

Nepal, China squabbling over behemoth's actual height

(Newser) - Mount Everest stands at a towering 29,029 feet—officially. And that number is causing quite the diplomatic fracas. China and Nepal have been arguing over the height of the mountain, which falls on the Nepal side of the Nepal-China border, and how it's measured. China believes the rock... More »

World's New Shortest Guy Is 23.5"

Junrey Balawing stopped growing when he was 2 months old

(Newser) - Junrey Balawing stopped growing 17 years and 10 months ago, and today, on his 18th birthday, was named the world's shortest man for his trouble. Guinness World Records swooped into his Philippine hometown, measured Balawing up at a whopping 23.5" inches, and gave him a certificate that stands... More »

Why Katie Never Towers Over Tom

Yet she looks like an Amazon next to most others

(Newser) - Tom Cruise may wear the pants in his relationship with Katie Holmes, but he also likely wears the heels, reports the New York Daily News in tackling what is surely one of the most important questions of our time: How is it that Holmes, who towered over Daniel Radcliffe at... More »

'Napoleon' Sarkozy Bans Tall Bodyguards

Inch-challenged prez 'doesn't want supermen' near

(Newser) - Tall people shouldn't bother applying to join Nicolas Sarkozy's security detail, a source in the French police says. Taller bodyguards have the advantage of being able to spot attackers in a crowd more easily, but "there's no point recruiting supermen" because the French president, who is notoriously sensitive about... More »

Meet World's Shortest Man: 22"

Nepal man seeks to become shortest in Guinness Book

(Newser) - A man who is only 22 inches tall left his home country of Nepal today in a quest to be recognized as the world's shortest living man. Khagendra Thapa Magar is traveling to Europe to campaign for the Guinness World Record title. He applied to the London-based group for a... More »

Sarko Uses Footstool to Measure Up to Obama

5'5" French president shorter than Napoleon

(Newser) - At 5 feet 5 inches, Nicolas Sarkozy seems to feel a bit stature-challenged—so at the recent D-Day tribute, he used a 6-inch footstool, in addition to his elevator shoes, to hold his own against Barack Obama and Gordon Brown, the Daily Mail reports. Sarko “knew he was appearing... More »

Taller Workers Top Pay Ladder

Extra 4 inches adds 2%-3% in hourly wages for women and men, Aussie study says

(Newser) - Taller workers have a leg up when it comes to paychecks, AFP reports. An Australian study has found that every additional 4 inches of height adds 3% to a man's hourly wage and 2% to a woman's. Five inches of extra height earns a man the salary of a worker... More »

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