Women Getting Shorter, Heavier

They'll lose 1 inch and gain 2 pounds by 2409
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2009 2:18 PM CDT
Three generations of healthy women.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Humans are still changing, and the female winners of the evolutionary crapshoot will be shorter and heavier down the line. A new study that tracked the motherly productivity of the slim-and-tall set alongside their squatter peers concludes that a lower center of gravity will win out in the end, and it offers a surprising prediction: By 2409, women will be on average almost an inch shorter and 2 pounds heavier.

Still think evolution isn’t working on us humans? “That’s just plain false,” the study’s lead author says. Another finding: women who give birth earlier or enter menopause later appear to pass those traits along to their daughters. As a result, researchers think that women will eventually produce babies at a younger age than they do now, by 5 months or so on average, and enter menopause 10 months later, notes the Telegraph.
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