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Some researchers have found that shorter stature is associated with longer life. While we lack hard evidence, so to speak, we can get some indication from two studies on this subject (which goes to show that everything has been studied).Taller people are more likely to die of cancer (each 1 cm in height increases relative risk by about 0.7%), perhaps because they have more cells and hence a greater risk of DNA mistranscription when cells divide. A study of 5,200 Americans found that very short men (less than 160 cm) were three times more likely to report a small penis than men taller than 193 cm.The greatest risk is for melanoma, perhaps due to a larger exposed skin surface. And an Italian survey of 3,300 men that measured the height of both the participants and their John Thomas (or The various disadvantages of short stature in men arise from both genetic and environmental factors.However, most studies have found that taller people have longer lives, although the effect is small. As so often happens, biological differences are amplified by social stereotypes.Various studies have found that each extra 1 cm of height reduces the relative risk of death at any age by about 0.5%, 0.6% and 2%. Height is one of the most visible and obvious differences between men and women, and therefore, like muscularity, emblematic of masculinity.There are probably sociobiological reasons behind women’s preference for tall men.When asked if they saw themselves as a potential political leader, taller students expressed more confidence in their leadership abilities and more interest in running for a political office. The shorter candidate has defeated the taller in only eight of the 28 US elections since 1900.In our time, the improbable giant killer has been George W.

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Hillary Clinton (169 cm) will have to overcome a 19 cm deficit if she is to defeat her likely opponent Donald Trump (188 cm).Women’s preference for tall men varies with the menstrual cycle.Women are turned on by tall men more when they are in the follicular (fertile) phase, and when their partners were chosen with a short-term relationship in view.Spurned by women, more likely to end up in jail, doomed to earn less, destined to languish in poorly paid jobs, plagued by feelings of inferiority and coming up short where coming up matters most, you’d think life had dealt the short straw to short men. Short Men Tend To Be Poorer The rapidly diminishing segment of the population older than I am will remember the celebrated Frost Report “class sketch” where John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett represent the upper, middle and lower classes in the UK — the height differences symbolising who looks up to, and down on, whom.As far back as 1915, it was observed bishops were taller than preachers — a trend continued in the towering figure of Cardinal Pell (190 cm).

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