Science Focus - the home of BBC Science Focus Magazine
Is the human race still getting taller? © Getty Images

Is the human race still getting taller?

Subscribe to BBC Science Focus Magazine and get 6 issues for just £9.99

As a species, humans are now taller than we've ever been, but are we still growing?

Asked by: Jason Philips, USA

Advertisement

We're not all like Bao Xishun, but the average height, at least in Western society, is increasing because of better childhood nutrition and sexual selection. But the tendency of women to find men taller than six feet (183cm) more attractive can't be extrapolated upward, and people above 6ft 2in (188cm) are much more likely to suffer back problems. Above 6ft 8in (203cm), and the heart strains to pump blood round the body.


Advertisement

Subscribe to BBC Focus magazine for fascinating new Q&As every month and follow @sciencefocusQA on Twitter for your daily dose of fun science facts.

Authors

luis villazon
Luis VillazonQ&A expert

Luis trained as a zoologist, but now works as a science and technology educator. In his spare time he builds 3D-printed robots, in the hope that he will be spared when the revolution inevitably comes.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Sponsored content