Why are the Dutch so tall? BBC News





The Dutch are, on average, the world’s tallest people, but it hasn’t always been that way.

So what happened? Scientists believe a number of factors are responsible, such as genetics, better diet and medical care.

But now there’s another theory. Research from the London School of Tropical Medicine suggests that natural selection may also have something to do with it.

Jane O’Brien went to the Netherlands to find out more.

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22 Replies to “Why are the Dutch so tall? BBC News”

  1. Yes they're very tall,probably as a country,the tallest.
    Come to Dalmatia,Montenegro,Herzegovina and areas inhibited by migrants from these areas, and they're taller still. They could be grouped as one people but obviously that wouldn't be a popular opinion

  2. For me, the Dutch didn't seem so tall. Very exaggerated the height at them. Indeed, there are many between 1,90 and 2,00, but I am totally sure that most males are between 1,75 and 1,85. The countries around the Dinaric Mountains are indeed tall, especially Bosnia and Herzegovina where the average for a teenager boy is 1,82. Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro also held the records for the biggest number of people above 2,00m.

  3. Haha look at all these freakishly tall people denying how weird they look and claiming they're better than average height people! These people are pathetic. I'd rather be average than a freak any day of the week

  4. I was in an airport the other day and there was a big Dutch congregation there (I know because they were wearing Dutch sport uniforms) and the men were so tall! I'm 5'11" and some of the men were almost half my size! Crazy!

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