Are Black Women Getting Smaller?

December 31, 2008 at 3:00 am Leave a comment

An economist in Germany has noticed a curious trend among Americans: For the past 50 years, black women have been shrinking with each new generation.

Young black women today are nearly an inch shorter than white women their age and about half an inch shorter than black women born in the late 60s, according to an analysis of CDC data by John Komlos, a professor of economics at the University of Munich in Germany.
Heights by gender, class and race in Komlos’ study rise and drop in waves over the years, but on the whole, every other group besides black women has remained the same height or gotten taller than their parents since the 60s.
Public health experts can’t say exactly what’s behind the reduced height, but medical anthropologists, economists and epidemiologists agree that whatever the cause is, it’s important.
“A measure of height takes into a number of aspects that money alone doesn’t measure,” Komlos said. “It’s sort of an overall indicator of well-being.”
Source: ABC News
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