Have you ever looked at the medieval knight’s armor in museum and wondered why it is so small? In fact, not only the folk in medieval times where quite short comparing to the average American, but they also normally lived for only 30-40 years. Think about it, there was no sanitation, most farmers where poor, medicine was low quality, the common cold could kill you, the dentists where the local worked with pliers mostly…the list goes on. My point is: in earlier times people had more problems than growing tall – they firstly had to survive. But what trends can we see for the future? Can the trend of ever increasing height lead to 6 feet being the new average? Let’s find out.
First of all, the height of the next generations depends on two major factors:
1) Males of what height women prefer to mate with;
2) Access to quality food and nutrition during the puberty.
Females generally prefer taller males as it has been established in posts before and various surveys. After all, above average and below average height is determined from just that – the average height. If the average height is 5 feet, the females will be preferring males over 5 feet. If the average height is 6 feet, the females will be preferring mates that are 6 feet 2 inches. The point is – they always want the best specimens to mate with. As the quality of nutrition increases and medicine reveals new ways to prevent diseases and keep our bodies healthy, it is no wonder that the average height is slowly increasing all over the world. Unless there are big wars or cataclysms in the future, we might have to prepare as the next generations will get taller and taller.
On the other hand, when height goes above 6 feet 4 inches it starts to leave an affect on health, so there surely must be a limit. I highly doubt that we will be seeing generations where 7 feet or more is the norm.