People around the world are getting taller, but according to new research, the average height of ordinary citizens in India is getting shorter.
Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University has presented a study on the government’s ‘National Family and Health Survey’ data.
According to which, compared to 1998 and between 2015 and 2016, India has seen a marked decrease in the height of adult men and women. The greatest decline in height was noted among the poor and tribal women.
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In India, the average height of women is 5 feet 1 inch and the average height of men is 5 feet 4 inches. However, some researchers disagree.
According to the study, the average height of women has decreased by 0.42 cm and that of men by 1.10 cm during these years.
Researchers involved in the research have written that in the background of the increase in the average height in the world, the decrease in the average height in India is a matter of concern and the reasons need to be found out.
Researchers say that different factors affect the body length of men and women. While genetic factors play a role in 60-80% of a person’s height, environmental and social factors also play an important role.
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The authors of the report say that it is a matter of concern that the decline in the average height of people in India is also due to non-genetic factors. These include lifestyle, nutrition, social and economic factors.
According to the study, only the poorest and most backward women in India have seen a decline in their height while the average height of women in the rich has increased.