The average American height is shrinking.
Americans are becoming shorter compared to other nationalities around the world, according to a new study.
In 1914, American’s were at the height of their…uh, height. American men ranked third tallest in the world, with women ranked fourth tallest. Fast forward to 2016, and they’ve fallen to 37th and 42nd place, respectively. American men and women peaked in average height in 1996 and 1988 says the BBC, citing the new study published Tuesday.
Authors of the study James Bentham and Majid Ezzati, from Imperial College, London, point to deteriorating nutrition standards for poor Americans. Immigration from other countries that have shorter citizens on average may have also had an effect.
The tallest average height goes to Dutch men, at a clean 6 feet. Latvian women dominate the demographic at 5 feet, 7 inches. Iranian men have made the most substantial height gains in the last century, as have South Korean women.
The heights of 18.6 million people born between 1896 and 1996 were assessed in the research study, published in eLife.