Jakarta, TOPNews Indonesia —
Dutch has long been known as a country with a high population. But now, a study shows that the average tall the population agency in the Netherlands is increasingly short.
This study shows that Dutch men born in 2001 are 1 cm shorter than those born in 1980. While for the female population, the difference is larger, namely a difference of 1.4 cm.
As reported TOPNews, the 1980s generation may be the tallest ever, benefiting from a huge increase in height.
Dutch men born in 1980 had an average height of 183.9 cm, and 8.3 cm taller than those born in 1930.
Meanwhile, women born in 1980 were also significantly taller with an average of 170.7 cm, compared to those born in 1930 who had an average height of only 165.4 cm.
The study by Statistics Netherlands, the GGD municipal health service and the National Institute for Public Health, RIVM, analyzed 719,000 Dutch people between the ages of 19 and 60 who reported their own height, and used the average height at age 19 as a benchmark.
The reason for the drop in height is partly related to increased immigration rates from shorter population groups, the researchers said.
However, growth also declined for individuals whose parents were both born in the Netherlands, and for those whose four grandparents were all Dutch-born.
Dutch men without a family history of migration showed no increase in height, whereas Dutch women without migration in their families were shorter.
However, the Dutch still hold the title of being the world’s tallest people due to the increase in their height over the past 70 years, according to the researchers.
The 1930-34 generation has at least 3 percent of the population who are 190 cm tall, while in 2020 there will be around 20 percent with a height of 190 cm and 7 percent with a height of 195 cm.
In the 1950s, 42 percent of young men were shorter than 175 cm – but in 2020, that figure is only 12 percent.
For women of the same generation, less than 2 percent of the 1930-34 cohort reached a height of 180 cm. Among those born in 1980, nearly 10 percent were at least 180 cm tall.
This picture is not completely evenly distributed across the Netherlands, with large differences between the northern and southern regions of the country. Those from Limburg are the shortest, while the natives of Friesland are between 3 cm and 3.5 cm taller.
The researchers emphasize that the Dutch have not lost their title as the world’s tallest person, with those born at the turn of the millennium still claiming this status. They estimate the late 1950s generation to be the first to stake this claim to fame.
For years, researchers have been trying to figure out why the Dutch are so tall – with research suggesting that it could be due to natural selection and taller people having more children, passing on their tall genes.
This year’s findings aren’t the first to suggest reduced growth or decreased height, with previous research suggesting it may be due to an increased focus on plant-based diets and the stabilization of “growth-promoting environmental factors.”