U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > Asia
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Closed Thread Start New Thread
 
Old 03-15-2013, 09:43 PM
 
455 posts, read 915,587 times
Reputation: 438

Advertisements

Asians are often stereotyped as being shorter than other groups i.e. Europeans and Africans and for some asian groups i've found that to be true on the most part, most Filipinos are quite short. However at least in North America i've noticed that the 1st generation asian North Americans are often not too dissimilar in height from their non-asian counter-parts especially the Chinese, koreans as well.

I guess i would chalk that up to improved diet? So is it just a stereotype that Asians are shorter? if not what do you think the basis for a shorter height is?

 
Old 03-15-2013, 09:56 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
78,526 posts, read 70,430,585 times
Reputation: 76494
Yes. A study was done a long time ago that concluded the (once characteristic) short stature of East Asians was due to diet. Japanese in the US and Japan were studied, and it came to the conclusion you gave. Also, over generations, Japanese in Japan got taller as diet there improved. And let's not forget the Mongols and some of the other Inner Asian peoples, who tend to be tall, anyway. Maybe because dairy products (calcium) is a core part of their traditional diet...?
 
Old 03-15-2013, 11:25 PM
 
6,195 posts, read 6,355,356 times
Reputation: 2842
The way I understand is, the northern chinese are taller than the southern chinese, and it is the southern chinese who are wide spread ones, and the ones everyone sees.
 
Old 03-16-2013, 03:06 AM
 
Location: Bright lights Baked Ziti
491 posts, read 1,331,308 times
Reputation: 481
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mhundred View Post
Asians are often stereotyped as being shorter than other groups i.e. Europeans and Africans and for some asian groups i've found that to be true on the most part, most Filipinos are quite short. However at least in North America i've noticed that the 1st generation asian North Americans are often not too dissimilar in height from their non-asian counter-parts especially the Chinese, koreans as well.

I guess i would chalk that up to improved diet? So is it just a stereotype that Asians are shorter? if not what do you think the basis for a shorter height is?
I think it does have to do with the diet. I'm not so sure it's improved as far as health is concern as the American diet is usually rich in fat as well as protein. I think the diet high in protein and also the readily dairy products available in the US attributes to it as well.

One of my neighbors is Filipino and is a big basketball fan. He always talks about his kids' high school basketball team. My guess is, my neighbor is probably around 5'9" and his wife probably around 5'2" but his kids are huge compared to him. He told me his 17 yr old is 6'2" and his 15 yr old is 6'1" and still growing according to him. I don't doubt it either cause I'm 6'1" and we are eye level. Yup, I would say diet and a nurturing environment with less stress has a lot to do with it. The growth hormone is highly secreted during sleep, so it helps a lot if the kids have plenty of sleep as well.

Just look at the comparisons in this table here between adult Mexicans and adult Mexican Americans, it's a huge difference.
Human height - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Adult Mexicans are 5'4" and Adult Mexican Americans are 5'7" on average
 
Old 03-16-2013, 09:35 AM
 
Location: MD suburbs of DC
607 posts, read 1,091,794 times
Reputation: 426
Asians and Asian Americans have gotten taller due to changes in diet and lifestyle. Still shorter than most Americans, though.
 
Old 03-16-2013, 10:13 AM
JL
 
7,351 posts, read 11,876,045 times
Reputation: 7198
My cousin went over to Japan recently and mentioned how much taller the Japanese(men and women) were nowdays....he was comparing it to the last time he was in Japan(early 90s).

As far as in the States, my cousin's son is 12 yrs old and already 5'7". His doctor projected him to be like 6'2". My cousin is 5'6" and his wife 5'2".
 
Old 03-16-2013, 08:19 PM
 
Location: West Coast
1,199 posts, read 2,193,540 times
Reputation: 2098
Height is a genetic marker like other characteristics. Its nothing to figure out. They are short because they are suppose to be short. Its like the eyes. Asians have short heights, and unique eye shapes. They are identifiable genetic traits.
 
Old 03-16-2013, 08:22 PM
 
3,644 posts, read 8,996,337 times
Reputation: 1798
Filipinos who were raised in the US are usually much taller than their parents. I'd say they're almost the average height of Americans, but I'm not sure. I'm gonna pay closer attention
 
Old 03-16-2013, 08:30 PM
 
1,446 posts, read 1,843,457 times
Reputation: 944
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smtchll View Post
Filipinos who were raised in the US are usually much taller than their parents. I'd say they're almost the average height of Americans, but I'm not sure. I'm gonna pay closer attention
they typically are taller than native filipinos, and that's why they're becoming popular in the entertainment and sports circles in the philippines.
 
Old 03-17-2013, 01:08 AM
 
6,722 posts, read 6,597,578 times
Reputation: 2386
There's diversity in China too.
It's said in Harbin, a northeastern city, the average of young males is 178cm (5'11"). However in some rural areas of south China, it is barely 170cm (5'7").
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Closed Thread


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > Asia
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top