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

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

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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