Are 20-th-century recommendations for growth and height correct?


Findings supporting the counter intuitive thesis that smaller body size promotes greater health and longevity are reviewed.  In addition, the risks of promoting further growth through genetic manipulation are explored in relation to chronic disease and longevity. Supporting examples from animal research are also covered. The biological mechanisms that relate to height and longevity conclude the review.

Key words: longevity, nutrition, growth, body height, chronic disease

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