It is a known fact that the average height for both men and women used to be much lower than today. Average height is the height average of all the people in a specific place; either of a country, a continent, or the whole World. The average height has increased over time in the World due to the better living standards that we have than our ancestors; however, there is an interesting research result for the average height change among US citizens over the years. Read the rest of the article to find out which state has the shortest average height and who is the tallest person in recorded history, and much more.
Human growth is affected by several factors. These are;
According to National Center for Health Statistics research, the average height for both men and women hasn’t changed between 1994 and 2014 in America. The average height for men in the US stayed at 5 feet 9 inches tall (175 cm) and the average height for women in the US stayed at 5 feet 3-4 inches tall (161 cm). However, the average weight for both men and women in the US has increased by 15 pounds (6.8 kg). The research that is made again in 2022 shows that the average male height in the US is still 5 feet 9 and the average female height in the US is 5 feet 4.
The reason why the average height in America didn’t increase much, compared to the other countries depends on several factors but the number one reason must be the unhealthy diet that US citizens follow. Eating fast food has become part of the American culture over the 50 years, which resulted in weight gain, obesity, and several diseases; such as strokes, heart failure, and different types of cancer. Because of their unhealthy diet that begins with their childhood, people’s growth has stagnated in the US. In addition, the American Psychological Association (APA) survey also suggests that the stress levels of Americans have increased significantly over the last 20 years, which is also something that affects human growth.
The average height in Europe, on the other hand, has changed a lot over the years, you can learn more about it by reading the article.
Genetics and racial differences affect the height average in different states. The US population consists of Caucasians, African Americans, African Indians, Asians, Hispanics, and Hawaiian. Naturally, different races have different height averages.
The tallest race that lives in the US is Caucasians, with an average of 5 feet 10 inches (177 cm), followed by African Americans with 5 feet 9 inches average. Asians and Hispanics have both 5 feet 7 (170 cm) inches in height average.
The tallest state in the US is Montana with 5 feet 9 average in men and 5 feet 4 average in women in 2022. Then, Utah, Iowa, Idaho, and Minnesota follow it.
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|20-39 years old||5 feet 9.2 inches (176 cm)||5 feet 3.7 inches (162 cm)|
|40-59 years old||5 feet 9 inches (175.8 cm)||5 feet 3.5 inches (162.1 cm)|
|60 and over||5 feet 8.2 inches (173.4 cm)||5 feet 2.7 inches (159.3 cm)|
For both women and men, the shortest people that live in the US are interestingly in Hawaii. The average height for men in Hawaii is 5 feet 7 inches; while, for women, it is 5 feet 2.8 (159 cm) inches. Hawaii, being the shortest state, is followed by New Mexico, Rhode Island, Maine, and New York.
New York, the most crowded state in the US, has 5 feet 8.1 (172 cm) inches average height for men and 5 feet 3.4 inches average height for women.
Robert Pershing Wadlow, with a height of 8 feet 11.1 inches (272 cm), is the tallest person in recorded history. He was born on February 22, 1918, in St. Louis, Missouri, the US. He died when he was only 22, due to an autoimmune disease.
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