Do short people live longer?

Evidence and studies on this issue seem to point both ways.

It is not clear whether there is a connection between longevity and height. Japanese women, with a life span of 86 years old, live the longest worldwide, according to a report in the Washington Post, which cited statistics from The World Health Organization.

On average, Japanese woman between 75 and 79 years old, are 149.54 centimeters tall (58.87 inches), according to the Japan Statistical Yearbook.

But we tend to have longer life spans and better overall health than our ancestors of a few generations ago, and we are a few inches taller. The average U.S. man, in 1820, had a life span of 39 years. Today, The World Health Organization reports that the average U.S. man has a life span of about 75 years old, according to a story in the Washington Post.

Researchers also have noted a link between height and standard of living. During times of mass unemployment, people tend to be shorter than during times of prosperity.

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