Kenyans becoming shorter, says study

Chandra Bahadur Dangi (left), a 72-year-old Nepali is presented with a certificate by a Guinness World Records official after being declared the world's shortest man at 54.6 centimetres (21.5 inches) tall in Kathmandu on February 26, 2012. Kenyans have become shorter or stagnated in the past 100 years compared to their peers around the globe, especially those in Europe. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • According to a new survey the average Kenyan man, has lost a few centimetres off their height from 1962 at 172.2cm (5ft 6in) and then stagnated to 169.6cm (5ft 5in).
  • Scientists have warned that the change in height — attributed to malnutrition and environmental factors — has adverse effects on health, particularly that of mothers and children.
  • Further, taller people on average have higher education, earnings and possibly even social position.
  • Malnourished children and adolescents or those who suffer from serious diseases or live in poor environments, will generally be shorter in adulthood.

Kenyans have become shorter or stagnated in the past 100 years compared to their peers around the globe, especially those in Europe.

Welcome!

You're all set to enjoy unlimited Prime content.