The reason for the height decrease is partly related to increased levels of immigration from shorter population groups, according to researchers. sin embargo, growth also tapered off for individuals whose parents were both born in the Netherlands, and for those whose four grandparents were all Dutch-born.
Dutch men with no family history of migration did not show any increase in height, while Dutch women without any migration in their family got shorter.
sin embargo, the Dutch have stood head and shoulders above the rest of the world for their height increases over the last 70 años, with the streets of the Netherlands showing a very different picture in 2020 compared to the early 1950s, according to researchers.
While around 3% del 1930-34 generation were at least 190 cm tall, en 2020 más que 20% is at least 190 cm, con 7% at more than 195 cm. In the 1950s, 42% of young men were shorter than 175 cm — but in 2020, that figure is just 12%.
For the same generation of women, menos que 2% del 1930-34 cohort reached a height of 180 cm. Among those born in 1980 sin embargo, por poco 10% are at least 180 cm tall.
The picture isn’t uniform across the Netherlands, with large differences between the north and south of the country. Those from Limburg are the shortest, while Friesland natives are between 3 y 3.5 cm taller.
Researchers emphasized that the Dutch have not lost their title of world’s tallest people, with those born at the turn of the millennium still claiming this status. They estimated the late 1950s generation to be the first to stake this claim to fame.
Durante años, researchers have tried to find out why the Dutch are so tall
— con studies suggesting that it could be down to natural selection and taller people having more children
, passing on their tall genes
This year’s discovery is not the first to suggest growth is tapering off or that height is decreasing
, with previous studies suggesting it could be due to an increased focus on plant-based diets and the stabilization of
“growth-promoting environmental factors