Should we be concerned over increasing body height and weight?

Exp Gerontol. Jan-Feb 2009;44(1-2):83-92. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2008.02.002. Epub 2008 Feb 13.


Based on 36 years of research, this paper explores the impact of human height on chronic disease, life expectancy, and longevity. The findings presented challenge the common belief that promoting rapid growth and maximum height attainment is a desirable goal. Also presented, are the biological mechanisms related to height and longevity. This paper concludes with a review of paradoxes that face the traditional belief that taller is healthier.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Constitution
  • Body Height*
  • Body Weight*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / physiopathology
  • Cause of Death
  • Humans
  • Life Expectancy