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Why is average height of women shorter than that of men?

Date: 17 Mar 2016   Posted By: Paresh Gujarati     Group: Opinion About    Category: Miscellaneous   

We normally observe that women are shorter than men. What is the reason behind it? Why is the average height of women shorter than that of men? Is there any biological reason or working style which makes it so? This can be applicable to all mankind and most of the countries.
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Author: Kailash Kumar    19 Mar 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

It is natural. There are obvious differences in shapes and sizes of men and women. It can be said to genetic. Though a numbers of reasons can be traced on the net, some of them bordering on being ridiculous, but I think this natural phenomenon is due to the role of women in carrying and giving birth to a baby. During pregnancy, the women have to main body balance which may be easier in not too long stature. Also during pregnancy the baby inside the womb has to be protected from external forces. A shorter stature enables more protection to the baby. Not only stature, but the body shape of the women's body like heavier thighs and posterior etc. are likely to protect the baby during pregnancy.

Author: Mahesh    19 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

The height for a person is not usually gender specific but more of region specific. However due to migration, such height patterns are more modern. There is no specific height pattern that you can find for the gender. However, the earlier census prior to the 90s have region specific data. This data is not relevant today due to migration pattern.

Earlier woman's height was around anywhere from 4.5 to 5.5''. These days due to changes in the marriage and the migration pattern. You may find that women today may have height upto 6.2'' or even higher. Same can be said for the men. There are men from small height upto the height bigger as well.

Also do note that usually most of the males get the genetic changes from the mothers side for male child. So that also affects height for male and female child. Genetic changes, gender patterns and the hereditary changes are responsible for the height issues.

Author: Karthikeyan    20 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

There are various reasons said by scientist on the fact that men are taller than women in most countries around the world.
Our DNA is the major factor in determining all the capabilities of a person. Our height also depends upon the DNA and chromosomes in our body. Men has special chromosomes which makes them taller than women.
On the basis of evolution, men use to go out for hunting and women use to take care of family. In such situation, men needs to be taller and stronger to become a good hunter. It is also mentioned as a reason by scientist.

Author: Adarsh kumar    20 Mar 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0


Author: Adarsh kumar    20 Mar 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

This difference in height is linked to human evolution. Since history women were supposed to take care of home and their children whereas men were supposed to engage in tremendous physical activities. So their limbs and bodies developed and they became taller then women. But the fact is that at the starting of human evolution both were of same height. Now we are witnessing that slowly women are growing taller than before and men becoming shorter, it is because women have started taking activities that were earlier meant only for men.

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