Why Does Tallest Populace Seem to Be Getting Shorter?

Why Does Tallest Populace Seem to Be Getting Shorter?
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From brutal conflicts to periods of prosperity, pandemics to triumphs for equality, human history is full of highs and lows. But such fluctuations don’t just affect society: the human body can also be a sign of the times.

Studies have shown that our height is not just a matter of genetics but is also influenced by the environment we live in, with key factors including our nutrition and experience of sickness, such as diarrhoea.

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