When it comes to height, Dutch men and Latvian women tower over all other nationalities, a study reveals.’
The average Dutchman is now 183cm (6ft) tall, while the average Latvian woman reaches 170cm (5ft 7in).
The research has tracked growth trends in 187 countries since 1914.
New Zealand men back in 1914 were an average of 167.5cm. Now days, they have an average height of 177.7cm. That is an average increase in height of 10.2cm. Where as, New Zealand women have only grown by an average of 8.9cm from 156cm to 164.9cm.
Men and women in the United Kingdom have increased their height by an average of 11cm over the past century. Where as in American the average increase is only 5cm.
Indeed, Americans have tumbled down the rankings. Back in 1914, they had the third tallest men and fourth tallest women on the planet. Today they are in 37th and 42nd place.
The smallest men on the planet are to be found in East Timor (160cm; 5ft 3in), and the smallest women are in Guatamala (150cm,4ft 11in).
East Asia has seen some of the biggest increases. People in Japan, China and South Korea are much taller than they were 100 years ago.