Abstract

Numerous Western studies have shown a negative correlation between height and cardiovascular disease. However, these correlations do not prove causation. This review provides a variety of studies showing short people have little to no cardiovascular disease. When shorter people are compared to taller people, a number of biological mechanisms evolve favoring shorter people, including reduced telomere shortening, lower atrial fibrillation, higher heart pumping efficiency, lower DNA damage, lower risk of blood clots, lower left ventricular hypertrophy and superior blood parameters. The causes of increased heart disease among shorter people in the developed world are related to lower income, excessive weight, poor diet, lifestyle factors, catch-up growth, childhood illness and poor environmental conditions. For short people in developed countries, the data indicate that a plant-based diet, leanness and regular exercise can substantially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Samaras Thomas T. Why Smaller Humans are in our Future. Policy Innovation, Carnegie Council 10/20/2014

Evidence for "Less is More" in relation to the human body

In nature, when animals get big, their numbers decline to match the resources available.  Humans are violating this biological rule by producing not only larger beings but more of them. Since larger people (taller and heavier) require much more of virtually everything, we are aggravating resource, food, and water shortages, and accelerating environmental damage. We are thus faced with a hard choice: do we control the process of getting smaller in a rational way or do we avoid action and let nature take its painful course?

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