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Average height of Chinese men sees the biggest rise of nearly 9 cm over 35 years: report
By Global Time
sPublished: Oct 08, 2021 12:10 AM
The average height of Chinese men increased by nearly 9 centimeters over 35 years between 1985 and 2019. This has become a trending topic on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo on Wednesday, with over 104,000 likes.

According to a report on the nutrition and chronic diseases of Chinese residents released by China's National Health Commission last year, the average height of Chinese residents has continued to increase in recent years.

The average height for male and female residents aged between 18 and 44 increased by 1.2 centimeters and 0.8 centimeter respectively, compared with the figures of five years earlier, while boys and girls aged between 6 and 17 increased by 1.6 centimeters and 1 centimeter respectively over the period.

A global survey published in the medical journal The Lancet in November 2020 also shows that the Chinese population is getting taller with the average height of Chinese males seeing the biggest rise between 1985 and 2019 among all the 200 countries and regions surveyed, while that of women ranked third. The report says the average height of 19-year-old Chinese males is 175.7 cm, and that of Chinese females is 163.5 cm.

 

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Average height of Chinese men sees the biggest rise of nearly 9 cm over 35 years: report
By Global Time
sPublished: Oct 08, 2021 12:10 AM
The average height of Chinese men increased by nearly 9 centimeters over 35 years between 1985 and 2019. This has become a trending topic on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo on Wednesday, with over 104,000 likes.

According to a report on the nutrition and chronic diseases of Chinese residents released by China's National Health Commission last year, the average height of Chinese residents has continued to increase in recent years.

The average height for male and female residents aged between 18 and 44 increased by 1.2 centimeters and 0.8 centimeter respectively, compared with the figures of five years earlier, while boys and girls aged between 6 and 17 increased by 1.6 centimeters and 1 centimeter respectively over the period.

A global survey published in the medical journal The Lancet in November 2020 also shows that the Chinese population is getting taller with the average height of Chinese males seeing the biggest rise between 1985 and 2019 among all the 200 countries and regions surveyed, while that of women ranked third. The report says the average height of 19-year-old Chinese males is 175.7 cm, and that of Chinese females is 163.5 cm.

175-176 mean height is very good. Almost 2 cm shorter than average white male height. Looks like this gap is going to end by next decade.

the way china pulled out its people from poverty is truly remarkable.
 

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175-176 mean height is very good. Almost 2 cm shorter than average white male height. Looks like this gap is going to end by next decade.

the way china pulled out its people from poverty is truly remarkable.
Japanese will never reach that height no matter how rich Japan is. Japanese have short gene.
 

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Full credit to China where its due. Height increase aside, their achievements in improving living standards of so many people is remarkable. The Chinese should know that despite all the recent hate between India and China, most Indians actually have a lot of admiration for how China has surged ahead. They may not say it in public forums, but as an Indian residing in India, I can tell you this is true. Many Indians who espouse democratic values in the open just to be politically correct are closet supporters of tough and decisive government.
 

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China southerners also have shorter gene, especially densely populated Guangdong, Guangxi, Sichuan, Guizhou...
The thread title is "average height of Chinese men". Which means southern Chinese are included. Big part of southern Chinese have Han's genes. Who came from norhtwest of China. So I don't think they have short gene.
 

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Chinese are much taller now but not stronger due to lack of enough exercise among the young.

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CountryAvg Male Height (cm)Avg Female Height (cm)Avg Male Height (in)Avg Female Height (in)
Netherlands183.78170.366 ft.5 ft. 7 in.
Montenegro183.30169.966 ft.5 ft. 7 in.
Estonia182.79168.665 ft.5 ft. 6 in.
Bosnia And Herzegovina182.47167.475 ft.5 ft. 6 in.
Iceland182.10168.915 ft.5 ft. 7 in.
Denmark181.89169.475 ft.5 ft. 7 in.
Czech Republic181.19167.965 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Latvia181.17168.815 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Slovakia181.02167.125 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Slovenia180.98167.205 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Ukraine180.98166.625 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Croatia180.76166.805 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Serbia180.74168.295 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Lithuania180.72167.635 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Poland180.69165.785 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Finland180.57166.485 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Norway180.48166.455 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Sweden180.46166.675 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Germany180.28166.185 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Dominica180.15166.895 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Bermuda179.72166.115 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Puerto Rico179.48163.065 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Greece179.26165.815 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Belgium179.09163.405 ft. 11 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Ireland179.04164.505 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Lebanon178.96163.675 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Andorra178.84165.535 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Antigua And Barbuda178.84165.725 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Australia178.77164.675 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Canada178.75164.735 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Switzerland178.73164.335 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Grenada178.70165.995 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Belarus178.69166.935 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 6 in.
France178.60164.495 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Austria178.52166.935 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Luxembourg178.46165.075 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Cook Islands178.32167.315 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 6 in.
French Polynesia178.32166.525 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 6 in.
United Kingdom178.21163.945 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Romania177.82164.735 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
New Zealand177.72164.665 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines177.49165.305 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Niue177.19167.035 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 6 in.
American Samoa177.09167.555 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 6 in.
Barbados177.03165.665 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Jamaica176.97164.325 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Tunisia176.85161.695 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Russia176.65164.525 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Hungary176.59162.555 ft. 10 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Saint Lucia176.43165.525 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 5 in.
North Macedonia176.43160.885 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Libya176.39162.565 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Turkey176.36161.805 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Morocco176.35161.185 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Senegal176.18163.925 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Spain176.11162.035 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Tokelau176.06166.085 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Trinidad And Tobago176.03163.385 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Israel175.98162.225 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Georgia175.98163.245 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Seychelles175.90162.475 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Brazil175.73162.415 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
China175.66163.465 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Iran175.62161.185 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Moldova175.59162.965 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
South Korea175.52163.235 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Kazakhstan175.50161.745 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Tonga175.11166.085 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Palestine175.05161.285 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Algeria175.04162.355 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Mali175.02161.995 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Kuwait174.96160.105 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Jordan174.84159.465 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Hong Kong174.83160.625 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Argentina174.75161.225 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 3 in.
North Korea174.69161.225 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Dominican Republic174.65161.215 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Egypt174.57160.885 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Suriname174.51162.265 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Italy174.42161.815 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Samoa174.42163.825 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Bahamas174.40163.465 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Malta174.38162.955 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Turkmenistan174.37162.835 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Portugal174.37161.235 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Uruguay174.32161.565 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Bulgaria174.17164.585 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 5 in.
United Arab Emirates174.08160.535 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Albania174.07162.235 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Costa Rica174.04160.365 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Azerbaijan174.00161.375 ft. 9 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Fiji173.98164.285 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 5 in.
Greenland173.84161.405 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Paraguay173.81159.765 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Iraq173.79158.755 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Saint Kitts And Nevis173.71162.785 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Armenia173.67159.855 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Cuba173.56160.135 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Venezuela173.53160.045 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Taiwan173.53160.705 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Singapore173.50161.305 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Qatar173.27160.725 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Botswana173.16162.065 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Mauritius173.01158.945 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Chile172.88159.425 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Bahrain172.76158.295 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Cyprus172.75160.555 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Haiti172.23160.575 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Guyana172.15159.575 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Cameroon172.13160.415 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Sudan172.07160.365 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Japan172.06158.505 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Burkina Faso171.89161.335 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Colombia171.85157.965 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Chad171.84162.125 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Oman171.70158.445 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Kyrgyzstan171.66160.205 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Syria171.64159.385 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Thailand171.61159.425 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Nigeria171.55158.145 ft. 8 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Tuvalu171.30163.575 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Republic Of The Congo171.23158.785 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Somalia171.22159.865 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Uzbekistan170.94160.295 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Djibouti170.77159.825 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Guinea170.70158.755 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Zimbabwe170.69159.855 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Mongolia170.67159.895 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
El Salvador170.67156.395 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Saudi Arabia170.67158.845 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Palau170.62159.525 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Eritrea170.60157.585 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Belize170.52158.125 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Gabon170.48160.055 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Kenya170.46159.435 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Sao Tome And Principe170.37159.815 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Ghana170.30158.865 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Mexico170.29157.905 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Niger170.26159.815 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Panama170.19158.195 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Togo170.14159.135 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Kiribati170.09161.045 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Nicaragua169.91155.625 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Namibia169.75160.265 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
South Africa169.63158.585 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Honduras169.59155.185 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Micronesia169.57159.665 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Nauru169.57157.825 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Eswatini169.41158.925 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Malaysia169.20157.065 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Central African Republic169.01159.655 ft. 7 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Vietnam168.89158.435 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Ethiopia168.84157.155 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Uganda168.74158.535 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Dr Congo168.60156.305 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Afghanistan168.50156.115 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Angola168.46158.105 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Benin168.44158.405 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Tajikistan168.43158.125 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Gambia168.36161.735 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 4 in.
Vanuatu168.29160.485 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Ivory Coast168.23158.655 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Equatorial Guinea168.18158.055 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Guinea Bissau168.17158.725 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Bolivia168.10155.585 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Sri Lanka168.07155.885 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Lesotho167.92156.725 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Maldives167.87154.285 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Comoros167.72156.545 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Zambia167.62157.325 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Burundi167.34155.085 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Pakistan167.33154.775 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Ecuador167.32155.255 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Bhutan167.05155.155 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Tanzania166.98156.895 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Peru166.75154.395 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Myanmar166.70154.715 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 1 in.
India166.50155.185 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Sierra Leone166.43157.345 ft. 6 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Brunei166.31154.905 ft. 5 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Indonesia166.26154.365 ft. 5 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Rwanda166.02156.725 ft. 5 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Malawi165.68156.145 ft. 5 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Mauritania165.54160.065 ft. 5 in.5 ft. 3 in.
Liberia165.48156.545 ft. 5 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Cambodia165.35154.755 ft. 5 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Marshall Islands165.26154.765 ft. 5 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Philippines165.23154.145 ft. 5 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Madagascar165.16153.065 ft. 5 in.5 ft.
Bangladesh165.08152.385 ft. 5 in.4 ft.
Yemen164.42154.765 ft. 5 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Nepal164.36152.395 ft. 5 in.5 ft.
Guatemala164.36150.915 ft. 5 in.4 ft. 11 in.
Mozambique164.30155.425 ft. 5 in.5 ft. 1 in.
Papua New Guinea163.10156.895 ft. 4 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Solomon Islands163.07156.795 ft. 4 in.5 ft. 2 in.
Laos162.78153.105 ft. 4 in.5 ft.
Timor Leste160.13152.715 ft. 3 in.5 ft.

 
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I would be happy if this data was trustable, as it says that Vietnamese is now taller than Indian, Pakistani and Afghan. I have worked with a lot of Indian and this cannot be true.
As a native Hanoian where people are possibly the tallest in Vietnam, i can say that we are nowhere close to Indian in average height.
 

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A well-nourished, healthy, and active child is likely to be taller as an adult than will be a child with a poor diet, infectious diseases, or inadequate health care. Socioeconomic factors such as income, education, and occupation can also influence height.

Obviously human heights and economy of China goes hand in hand.
I would be happy if this data was trustable, as it says that Vietnamese is now taller than Indian, Pakistani and Afghan. I have worked with a lot of Indian and this cannot be true.
As a native Hanoian where people are possibly the tallest in Vietnam, i can say that we are nowhere close to Indian in average height.
We have a few million ethnic Indians (mostly Tamil and some Sikh) in Malaysia. Northern Indians like Sikh are quite tall, but Tamils from South India are similar to South-East Asians in height.

Indian races are very diverse. The Average Indians are shorter than average Chinese is partly due to poor nutritions of the poor families food intake.
 
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I would be happy if this data was trustable, as it says that Vietnamese is now taller than Indian, Pakistani and Afghan. I have worked with a lot of Indian and this cannot be true.
As a native Hanoian where people are possibly the tallest in Vietnam, i can say that we are nowhere close to Indian in average height.
Depends on which part of India. Indians are not homogeneous, the regions are completely different from one another, ethnically, culturally, etc. Northern Indians are a lot bigger and taller on the whole than Southern Indians are. Northern Indians are also more caucasian racially while Southerners are more dravidian.
East Asians
China175.66163.465 ft. 9 in.
South Korea175.52163.235 ft. 9 in.
Japan172.06158.505 ft. 8 in.
If this was broken down by province, China's Northern provinces are way taller than South Korea. Probably averaging close to 180cm.
 

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Japanese will never reach that height no matter how rich Japan is. Japanese have short gene.
Japan's food level doesn't match its economic level. China's food level also does not match its economic level.
food consumption per capita(kg) 2017ChinaJapan
fruit97.9733.14
vegetable377.1791.1
meat60.5949.33
egg22.7219.64
fish38.1745.49
Japan is a "hungry" developed country.
 

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Japan's food level doesn't match its economic level. China's food level also does not match its economic level.
food consumption per capita(kg) 2017ChinaJapan
fruit97.9733.14
vegetable377.1791.1
meat60.5949.33
egg22.7219.64
fish38.1745.49
Japan is a "hungry" developed country.
The sum number of last 3 items is very close. Not hungry at all. Vegetable and fruit are not determining factors of hunger index. Vegetable and fruit are too expensive in Japan.
 
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