Is It Better to Be Short?

Most people view height as an advantage socially and professionally. Height generally seems to connote a person with health, power, or biological advantage.  Yet, when it comes to longevity and cancer risk, shorter people seem to come out ahead. For example, Japanese people tend to live longer and average 4 inches shorter than other people. A cancer investigation at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine indicates that cancer is related to height more than body mass. Barring various lifestyle risks, researchers discovered that for every 10 centimeter (3.94 inches) increase in height, cancer risks increased 13 percent.

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