A new study which was published in the journal eLife by the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration shows where the tallest people in the world are.
The study compares the height of men and women aged 18 in 200 countries, between 1914 and 2014. The result shows that men and women have grown significantly taller over the past century.
In 1914, the tallest people in the world were Swedes, but 100 years later the people filling that spot are the Dutch. The Dutch moved all the way up from 12th place with an average height of 182.5cm (5ft 11.9 inches).
On the female side, Latvian women are now the tallest in the world, moving from the 28th place with an average height of 169.8cm (5ft 6.9in).
Co-author of the research, James Bentham said the results could be attributed to improved feeding and nutrition, as well as health care. He also added that genes play a role in determining heights.
“An individual’s genetics has a big influence on [their] height … but once you average over whole populations genetics plays a less key [role],” he added. “Most populations would grow to roughly similar heights if they were all in the same conditions.”
Another co-author of the paper Elio Riboli also linked being tall to having a high life expectancy.
“The good news is that being taller is associated with longer life expectancy,” he said. “This is largely due to a lower risk of dying of cardiovascular disease among taller people.” He, however, adds that being tall could also mean being predisposed to some cancers.
The result also shows men to be generally taller than women, and Europeans being generally taller than other races right now.
The shortest men in the world were found to be from Timor-Leste with a height of 159.8cm (5ft 3in). Also, the shortest women are from Guatemala with an average height of 149.4cm (4ft 10.8in).