Have humans gotten statistically taller? (Hormones/Diet)

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Have humans gotten statistically taller? (Hormones/Diet)
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Sounds crazy, but when I go to stores, I usually shop for S/P sizes. The other day I went into a vintage store and medium sizes fit me perfectly - gloves, pants, shirts - you name it. The perfect fit surprised the hell out of me.

This leads me to ask. Were men significantly shorter in the 1910s - 1930s?

 

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I believe someone actually posted an article about this a while back.
As far as i remember we have both gotten taller, and shorter. In our current age we are slowly getting shorter i believe it said.

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Yes, the younger generation is much taller. According to the CDC, the average 19 year old American is 5'10 whereas the average 60 year old is 5'9

I'm the only guy I know who is shorter than his father. Each successive generation gets taller because of improved nutrition. 

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Originally posted by fanoffans

Yes, the younger generation is much taller. According to the CDC, the average 19 year old American is 5'10 whereas the average 60 year old is 5'9

I'm the only guy I know who is shorter than his father. Each successive generation gets taller because of improved nutrition. 

Not doubting the evidence, but as for the anecdote, it is what it is, an anecdote. Where I am from it's not uncommon to see guys shorter than their dads, nor is it uncommon to see a lot of men under 5'10 who are 20-29.

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