Do you consider yourself a "tall friend" or a "fun-sized" girl? Have you ever imagined how tall you would be if you were born at a different point in time?
Due to nutrition, genetics, and hormones, average height has been changing over the years.
As of 2016, the average American woman of 20 years and over was 5 feet and 4 inches tall. Back in the 60s, the average woman was an inch shorter and almost 30 pounds lighter with a weight of 140 pounds.
Another peculiar discovery is that American women are growing taller at a much lower rate than women in other developed countries.
Experts think this has something to do with increasingly worse nutrition and an influx of immigrants from countries where women have a shorter average height.
Average Height Of Women From Around The World
According to statistics, the average height of women between 18 and 40 in Europe is 5 feet, 6 inches. US and Canada come second with an average height of 5 feet, 4 inches.
Mexican women average about 5 feet and 2 inches. However, women in China and the rest of Asia are, on average, 5 feet in height.
Here's How To Measure Your Height
Would you like to know how your height compares to that of the average woman? Here's how to determine your height.
Before we go any further, you should know that you will need someone to help you out.
First of all, remove your shoes and hair accessories then stand on a hard floor. A rug or carpet can give you a misleading measurement.
You should stand against a wall with your heels touching the wall and your shoulders level and arms hanging down your sides.
After that, press the back of your head against the wall and look straight ahead.
Finally, lower a ruler or book until it touches the crown of your head and mark the wall under the object and measure the distance from that mark to the floor.
What Determines Your Height?
As we are about to find out, your height is determined by several factors, some of which are within your control while others are not.
Your environment determines the kind of nutrients you have access to when growing up, which can, in turn, affect your height.
Some of these environmental factors include access to clean water or sanitation, climate, vaccinations, and healthcare.
Genetics can dictate about 60 to 80 percent of your height. So, tall parents are likely to have tall kids and vice versa.
Studies have found out that genes affect a person's height in 700 different ways.
Genetic conditions such as Turner syndrome, which affects height in women, might result in below-average height for some ladies.
On average, men are usually a couple of inches taller than women. Boys tend to grow tall more rapidly and for much longer.
While girls stop growing tall after hitting 19, boys usually keep increasing in height until they are 22 years old. In the end, men end up being about 6 inches taller than women on average.
Growth hormones are more effective when you get enough sleep. Without enough sleep, your entire body literally starts to fall apart.
Children should get about 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night.
According to research, a caring and positive home is important for proper growth, especially for pre-adolescent girls.
So, childhood trauma does not just affect kids emotionally and mentally, but also physically.
Human Growth Hormone can play a very important role in height regardless of your environment.
In fact, HGM supplements can be used on abnormally short or small children to help them attain average height.
Some medications can stunt physical growth. Examples include the drugs used to deal with bronchial asthma and some autoimmune diseases.
Examples of such medications include corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone and prednisone.
Without proper nutrition, a child may fail to reach full height. Nutrient-rich diets help kids attain normal heights.
Such nutrients include vitamin D, calcium, and protein.
To a large extent, age affects a person's height. However, the role age plays in a person's age is completely eliminated once they enter adulthood.
Long-term illnesses can affect a person's age, especially in the adolescent years when a lot of growth is supposed to take place. These diseases include fibrosis, kidney diseases, and even cancer.
Why Does Your Height Even Matter?
You've heard of BMI, which is short of body mass index. This important number helps determine how healthy you are based on your height and weight.
BMI is a reliable predictor of lifestyle-related illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, fertility, certain forms of cancer, and heart disease.
Normal BMI ranges from between 18 and 25. Anything outside this range is an obvious health red flag.
On another note, women don't have to worry about height affecting their date-ability. According to a research-based dating preference in a popular dating app, the most popular heights for women ranged from 5 feet to 5 feet, 7 inches.
Therefore, a woman of below average or above average height should do pretty well for herself in the dating world.
Otherwise, everyone is growing taller over time, and the current average heights of women are the highest they have ever been in history.
However, average weight is increasing a lot faster than average height. Poor diet choices and a sedentary lifestyle have plenty to do with that.