From the Tallest to (One of) the Fattest: The Enigmatic Fate of the American Population in the 20th Century

@article{Komlos2004FromTT,
  title={From the Tallest to (One of) the Fattest: The Enigmatic Fate of the American Population in the 20th Century},
  author={J. Komlos and Marieluise Baur},
  journal={CESifo Working Paper Series},
  year={2004}
}
Within the course of the 20th century the American population went through a virtual metamorphosis from being the tallest in the world, to being among the most overweight. The American height advantage over Western and Northern Europeans was between 3 and 9 cm in mid-19th century, and Americans tended to be underweight. However, today, the exact opposite is the case as the Dutch, Swedes, and Norwegians are the tallest, and the Danes, British and Germans--even the East-Germans--are also taller… Expand
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