[image from the Volgograd City Center of Orthopedics and Cosmetology.]
Danish researchers examined more than 14,000 responses to the 2003 Health Survey for England.
Men shorter than 5ft 4in (162cm) and women shorter than 5ft (151cm) reported much lower well-being than others, Clinical Endocrinology journal says. The authors urged more work to clarify precisely why the shorter someone is, the worse they feel about their health.
The results predicted that increasing height could help boost feelings of wellbeing. If men could add just 7cm (2.7in) to their height and women 6cm (2.3in), their health-related quality of life could improved by 6.1%. This is an equivalent improvement to an obese person losing 10-15kg (22-33lb).
Um. Add what now?
* T. L. Christensen, C. B. Djurhuus, P. Clayton, J. S. Christiansen (2007)
An evaluation of the relationship between adult height and health-related quality of life in the general UK population
Clinical Endocrinology 67 (3), 407″“412.