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Dutch are tallest in the world

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 27 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1929
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Young Dutch people are the tallest in the world and getting taller, according to the Netherlands fourth national growth study, which measured 20000 young people aged under 21 during 1997.

    Since 1980, boys have continued to get taller, by on average 20 mm (with an average height of 1.84 m) and girls by 23 mm (nearly 1.71 m), says the study, carried out by TNO Prevention and Health (part of the Dutch organisation for applied scientific research) and …

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