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Why are the Dutch so tall? BBC News

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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. Subscribe to BBC News HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog Check out our website: http://www.bbc.com/news Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bbcworldnews Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bbcworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/bbcnews
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rosely covali (21 hours ago)
They are beautiful and big boned.
käizer Richthofën (1 day ago)
At least I'm 6'8"
edd smokalot (2 days ago)
Actually theres another myth that dutch women are even taller than their men...statistically this might be true
Maroon 5 Payphone (3 days ago)
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.
Ronny De Man (3 days ago)
They are taller because most of the land is a bit below sealevel ... and they want to be as tall as everyone else ..
Willy Roundy (4 days ago)
I’m a small boi and I’m like 80% dutch
Roy Criddle (5 days ago)
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
Koen Berkvens (3 days ago)
Roy Criddle Noone is claiming that they are better than "Normal height" people. Also, saying that their height is not normal is extremely ignorant. We, the Dutch, find this height to be as normal as it could be. Maybe it's not normal from your "American" (Assuming you're American, excuse me if I get it wrong), but try to consider that norms and values differ in each country.
Michael Smith (7 days ago)
205cm = 6ft8 !!! You idiots from BBC cant even get the measurements right. Shame on you
Daan Vleesenbeek (10 days ago)
I am dutch aswell i am 1.75 meter and i am 14 Year old and i am gonna be 1.90 meter
Craig Tilley (11 days ago)
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!
Why are the Nilotic ( South Sudanese)People from South Sudan tall too
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Tub Guy (15 days ago)
I hate being a short man. We are subhumans in the eyes of woman.
Abhijeet Roshan (16 days ago)
I am fifteen years old reach 6 feet 1 inch tall
Frank Versace (16 days ago)
Still can’t fight tho
Rθηιη (17 days ago)
It might be true the dairy theory cuz im from southern iraq (Mesopotamia) and we eat alot of dairy products im 19yrs 193cm still growing in hight even taller than my father and my mother is 165cm
imtiaz ali (17 days ago)
Intelligency will be decreased by tallness
Laras Tale (18 days ago)
Maybe something they brought from Indonesia made them like that.the legend spice island.
Logan Stroganoff (18 days ago)
There's only 2 things in this world I hate: people who are intolerant of other cultures,and the dutch.
wisnu yogapraditya (19 days ago)
So they don't get drowned?
Yetnesh Dubey (19 days ago)
Cries in 5 8"
Loris Lewandoski (19 days ago)
Im 6"4 n i need number 45 shoe. I weigh 81kilo
tiger runner (19 days ago)
Yeah we are tall Im 13 and im 5'10 Im just average kid on my school all other boys in the netherlands are averahe 5'9
Nancy Stengel (19 days ago)
smaller genetic pool
Shyam N Panigrahi (19 days ago)
Tall people die earlier than short people on average, due to host of diseases that has a strong correlation with height, for example cancer. So sometimes I don't mind being the 5'5" guy that everyone laughs at, because I'm the one who's going to have the last laugh, quite literally, at their funerals.
Brian Abisdid (19 days ago)
Surprised that they don't produce any basketball players.
MisS sAnDhU (20 days ago)
what if a tall 6'7 Dutch marry a Chinese 5'0 😁
YummYakitori (15 days ago)
MisS sAnDhU Lol Chinese people are not even that short. Throughout history the Chinese actually referred to the Japanese as “倭” (Wo/Wa), which means “dwarf”, and there are very big variations in height amongst Chinese people, depending on which region of China they come from. Generally people from the province of Shandong (山東省) are known to be the tallest, followed by people from the three northeastern provinces of Heilongjiang (黑龍江), Jilin (吉林) and Liaoning (遼寧), because most Chinese people from these three provinces can also trace their ancestry back to Shandong.
Charles Cxgo (18 days ago)
If you been to big cities in northern China, the people there are almost as tall as the Dutch., it’s shocking, there’s many 6’ Chinese women there
T E A (20 days ago)
I searched this up because I heard the Netherlands (there are lots of y’all people there...) but I do live here except I wasn’t born here I stayed are Iraq and Syria for 4 years I’m middle Eastern but I do live here most of my family memebers are 4,11 or 5 maybe 5,6 or something like that but I feel huge because I’m 13 and 5,4 I want to be shorter and I’m talking bout it and I am getting 1/2 inches shorter.
rosh 9 (20 days ago)
So a normal king sized bed elsewhere is only useful for the dutch midgets....
Ali 1995 (21 days ago)
that's remind me real historical story, 860 years ago when crusaders occupied Palestine many of them captured by #Saladin army, and Saladin accepted prisoner exchange with crusaders, but Dutch prisoner Saladin command his soldiers to kill all of thim, because they were big bodies and they kill many Muslims
Deneb ien (21 days ago)
I'm 5'3 and my feet is 43 UK size lol
fuck, as a 6 foot asian, i feel short
Gigantism is a condition characterized by excessive growth and height significantly above average. In humans, this condition is caused by over-production of growth hormone
KarthikSoun (21 days ago)
stupid...annoying and cave man like.. try to grow larger at heart that's what we need as a species.. not more bigger people to eat away the planet faster.
I killed your family (22 days ago)
166 cm 14 year-old girl I feel like a midget next to my female classmates who are 170 or taller. I wish I was at least 175 ;(
OOF ROBLOX (22 days ago)
My uncle is 7.3
Samson Delilah (22 days ago)
the short dutch is probably mixed dutch ,,,not pure dutch
Saif Malik (22 days ago)
Shit i am like 5'6 or 5'7...
Xyz Sing (23 days ago)
Short people have napoleon complex
Xyz Sing (23 days ago)
I am 6 feet 2.5 inches and dutch acerage is 5feet 10 inches?
BexxyBue (23 days ago)
My bf is Dutch tho and he’s 5’6 so he’s always like eugh 😂
TheXx1nfinityxX (24 days ago)
The dream height is at least 6'2
Angelo Busato (26 days ago)
What's the shortest nation?
Lockon Stratos (26 days ago)
America is too diverse to measure, different races are different height and different genetics, there are Caucasians, Hispanics, Asians, blacks, native Americans, while Europe has the same in every country
Eva Mountain (26 days ago)
Maaan the english accent
Eva Mountain (26 days ago)
No dutch accent
DD G (26 days ago)
I'm 4'11 😑
David (26 days ago)
Women over 1.85 and men over 1.90 look really bad. I don't think that's something to be proud of.
Swarnangshu Ghosh (26 days ago)
Their football team isnt so tall
Santosh Karanam (27 days ago)
Cycling explains
ironfistfreddie (27 days ago)
.....and yet they haven't produced a single great basketball player, unless you count Rik Smits as a great...
young project fillah (27 days ago)
IAM 15 6'3 and dutch
Charles Mccann (27 days ago)
I'm 6,1, Scottish and 15 yrs old
Andrè Bryan (28 days ago)
Tallest nation??? Yall haven't seen the Sudanese people. Dudes are tall af
Calcandi Serpentes (28 days ago)
Because we’re the master race.
TheAmazingFirehawk (29 days ago)
its because they mated with too many neanderthals
Fugazii Gaming (29 days ago)
I'm dutch however grew up in america; i'm 6'0 not too tall.
Piglet Squid (29 days ago)
I find shorter women more attractive - my descendants are destined to be pygmies 😥
thedeaddevil (29 days ago)
I'm 16 and 6'7
FellTheSky (29 days ago)
>6.0 amuricans on suicide watch
first last (29 days ago)
Dutch guys shouldn't have problems in the dating market. They won't get shunned
Tattle Boad (29 days ago)
do they got big dicks tho?
WaveyBeats (29 days ago)
I'm 13 and my foot size is 41 ( im also dutch )
Jake (30 days ago)
>tfw no tall Dutch gf
Im 5'7 😭😭
johnlee072092 (30 days ago)
American food sucks. So they didn't get so tall
Red Fritz (30 days ago)
They have to stretch all the time because someone always gets in their way, like the Spanish, British or Germans etc.
Robert Albarda (30 days ago)
I'm Dutch and 6"3
Valley Retro Gaming (30 days ago)
Well honestly they are making their race superior and taller.
Quackers 95 (1 month ago)
Not so tall anymore, seen many short 3rd world immigrants in Netherlands. A Baltic nation will over take them soon.
Lirst Fast (1 month ago)
Being short is more eco-friendly.
JOE Bozza (1 month ago)
The Dutch are so tall because they have evolved to cope with the low level land.
Opıūm Lynx. (1 month ago)
5’2” i guess if i ever go there i could join the circus and get big money..great thanks !
Xalpha23 (1 month ago)
They’re tall for the same reason anyone is tall: their genes code for being tall.
Jason Muniz (1 month ago)
Dnsnsb Hebebdn (1 month ago)
Smoking weed helps us grow
fanfam (1 month ago)
I am Dutch, but the strangest thing happend. When I look up I see black sky and sunlight. When I look down I see clouds.
Daniel Embree (1 month ago)
They won't be tall for long: short Third World immigrants are invading by the millions.
Sbrumtwn (1 month ago)
When i went to Amsterdam almost all the men was taller than me (i’m 184cm or 6ft1/2) so not short. Even some women were same as me or taller. Feel bad cause want to marry a dutch woman hope i grow 2 more inches to stand a chance 😒😒😞
Michael Regis (1 month ago)
My dad is 6'2" but this is insane
Baba (1 month ago)
I’m 4 years old and 7’2
The Truth (1 month ago)
I heard that in the Netherlands if you're under 6 ft by the time you turn 18 they take you into the woods and sacrifice you to the gods
loggins2182001 (1 month ago)
Imagine the feeling if you're a Dutch male and only 5' tall.
chris pratt (1 month ago)
Average indian man height 5'5😑😑😑😑
Omg 199 cm ? We indonesian is 165 cm in average for male lol P.S many are >170 cm today
Jax Ace (1 month ago)
The Dutch need to meet the nilotes from Africa who are also super tall and then marry so there can be 7 ft people walking around everywhere like it’s normal🤣
jewtube (1 month ago)
nordic aliens made them
jasper asis (1 month ago)
That's how they keep their head above water...
Vasting (1 month ago)
America has alot of mexicans and asians, shorter people drag down average. The white American height is 5"10-" 5"11
إن شاء الله (1 month ago)
Netherlands farmland is the best in the world. They are the #2 food product exporter after the US.
Stelio Const (1 month ago)
I’m 15 and 1.73 is it short? How many cm can I grow ?
sabunkompas (1 month ago)
I'm 5'10" guy from former Dutch colony of Indonesia and I feel much taller than my peers. Maybe I got Dutch DNA, I guess.
Flame Returns (1 month ago)
i'm 173! and british fuckin hell
alex zannettou (1 month ago)
Connor P. Nolan Music (1 month ago)
My father says he’s moving me and my brothers from New England to the Netherlands because we’re all over Six feet tall, and frankly, there are no pairs of jeans that fit our height
TECHNICAL VEER (1 month ago)
in the thumbnail...the first and last are.correct one...ie...6'7"...6'5"...6'2.5" ...6'1"
tungtjockis (1 month ago)
that is dumb. that would mean in the us the taller dont have a better chance to pass on their genes but in netherlands they will. ational selection works for all. not just the dutch- so it cant be the explanation.
Arjun Agarwal (1 month ago)
The two reasons for taller dutch people 1- Pure and hygienic food which includes dairy products at most 2- Habit of dutch people to use bicycle for travelling for long and short distances which not only increases the height but also makes fit
call me hey (1 month ago)
Look at the international dutch soccer team tho
Bennnnny1987 (1 month ago)
*Ethnic Dutch, the imported shitskin subhumans are not tall.
Jay (1 month ago)
31yr old 177cm Finn here. Anything over 190cm is just too much. Very tall people usually get back and/or knee issues down the line.
Abram Marcus (1 month ago)
188.5 cm Egyptian here sir,i almost tower over any and everyone in this country and it really bothers me how people keep telling that i'm very tall meanwhile country like Denmark or Holland i will be considered average Egypt is one of the shortest nations with an average of 170 cm

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