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Black Women ... Shrinking?

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Ever been called "Shorty?"
Come to find out, maybe the person that called you that was on to something.
According to a new study released by the CDC, African-American women are shrinking.
Each decade it seems the black woman shrinks a few inches. Going back to the 1940s they seem to have lost a few inches based on average height.
The average height of a black woman born in the 1980s is just under 5 feet 4 inches; her mother, born in the 1960s, is more than half an inch taller. Even her grandmother, born in the 1940s, is a bit taller. The average white woman born in the 1980s is about half an inch taller than her mother.
Now this is all from John Komlos, an economist and historian who has made a specialty of studying human heights.
Another discovery of his is based on income, it seems. His argument is bolstered by another discovery: While the heights of low- and middle-income black women are plummeting, upper-income black women are growing taller and rapidly closing the gap with their white counterparts.
Komlos' latest findings suggest that the average height of adult Americans born at least 30 years ago is moving up - with the exception of African-American women, whose height is sliding in the opposite direction.
Hmmmm, why is that so?


Lenzee Faet said...

Well after you left a link on one of my postings I decided to finally return the favor and I'm glad I did. You have a beautiful page and I like the fact finds. Well in reply to the post itself, I am a mixture of many ethnics. Though my main are European and African. I am between 5'5"-5'7" which as you described is the normal height. However; I have a history of dwarfism documented my grandmother reaching the height 5'2 perhaps reduced since the ages. Anyway thanks so much for the read, very intriguing.

December 31, 2008 at 4:07 PM

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