Emerging economies, including China, have seen the biggest gains in children’s height. Photo: Getty Images Emerging economies, including China, have seen the biggest gains in children’s height. Photo: Getty Images
Emerging economies, including China, have seen the biggest gains in children’s height. Photo: Getty Images
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Why children in some countries are taller than in others: diet and environment bigger factors than genetics, study finds

  • Teenagers in China are taller now than 35 years ago, a Lancet study of changes in average height in 193 countries shows
  • However, the average height figures mask height differences between urban and rural China, which researchers blame on differences in nutrition

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Emerging economies, including China, have seen the biggest gains in children’s height. Photo: Getty Images Emerging economies, including China, have seen the biggest gains in children’s height. Photo: Getty Images
Emerging economies, including China, have seen the biggest gains in children’s height. Photo: Getty Images
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