Publications on Human Body Size:

Samaras TT. (2020) Height and longevity—a changing viewpoint. WJPPS, 9 (9): 570-574 abstract id/12979

Samaras, T. T., Marson, S. M., & Lillis, J. P. (2019). International Data Demonstrating the Inverse Height and Life Expectancy Between the Sexes: Height and life expectancy. SOCIALSCI JOURNAL, 4, 1-9.

Samaras T, Marson S, Lillis J. (2018). The close inverse relationship between male and female height and life expectancy. Innovation in Aging, 2(suppl_1), 888-889.

Samaras TT. (2118) Hidden benefits of shorter, smaller bodies. 2018. JSRR. 19(2): 1-7, 2018; article no. JSRR.40878.

Samaras TT. (2018) Harmful ramifications of secular growth. Cardiovasc Disord Med. 3:

Samaras TT. (2018). Implications of excessive nutrition and increased body height and weight. Annals of Nutrition & Food Science. 2(6), Article 1037.

Samaras TT. (2018). What’s good about being shorter. SOJ Psychol 5(1): 1-4: DOI:

Samaras TT,  Biological parameters explain why shorter or smaller people have lower cardiovascular disease and greater longevity. 2017. JSRR. 15(1): 1-16, 2017; Article no. JSRR.34729. Doi:10.9734/JSRR/2017/34729

Samaras TT, Health risks of higher birth weight, rapid growth, early maturation and taller height. Women’s Health Bulletin. 2015 July; 2(3): e26805.

Samaras, TT. Longevity in specific populations. Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences. Elsevier, 2014. Doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-801238-3.02878-6.

Samaras T. Human size. The biology of why it is best to be small [Feedback]. World Nutrition February 2014, 5, 2, 197-199.

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

Samaras TT. Evidence from eight different types of studies showing that smaller body size is related to greater longevity, Journal of Scientific Research & Reports. 2014, 3(16): 2150-2160. 

Thomas T. Samaras. Shorter human height has its merits and demerits. ISpectrum Magazine. July-August 2014, issue 08. Pp. 13-24 Download Magazine

Thomas Samaras.  Human Size: Short men live longer.  WN Feedback, World Nutrition. July-August 2014, 5, 7-8, 692 (13 of 22) Download Magazine and go to page 692

Thomas T. Samaras. How height is related to our health and longevity: A review. Nutrition and Health. 2012, 21: 247-261

Thomas T. Samaras. Shorter height is related to lower cardiovascular disease risk--A narrative review, The Indian heart Journal, 2013, 65: 66-71.

Salaris L, Poulain M, and TT Samaras. Height and survival at older ages among males born in an in-land village in Sardinia (1866-1915). Biodemography and Social Biology, 2012; 58:1, 1-13.

Thomas T. Samaras, Commentary. Human growth, height, size: Reasons to be small, World Nutrition, 2011, 2,3:108-135

Thomas T. Samaras, Ramifications of increasing birth weight, accelerated growth and greater height on health, the obesity epidemic, and longevity, Journal of Chinese Clinical Medicine, 2010, 5(8): 433-449.

Killewo J, Heggenhougen HK, Quah SR (eds) Epidemiology and Demography in Public Health, San Diego, Academic Press, 2010. Longevity in Specific Populations, TT Samaras, pp. 415-420.

Samaras TT. Role of Height in Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of Chinese Clinical Medicine 2010, 51, 87-99. Download the article here.

Samaras TT. Are 20th-century recommendations for growth and height correct? A review. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2009, 22, 171-178.

Samaras TT. How our adulation of taller height promoted the obesity epidemic? BMJ Rapid Responses, June 30, 2004.

Samaras TT. We are too tall. Public Health Nutrition 2009, 12, 439-440.

Samaras TT. Should we be concerned over  increasing body height and weight? Experimental Gerontology 2009 ; 44: 83-92.

Samaras TT.  Longevity in Specific Populations. In Kris Heggenhougen and Stella Quah,  editors. International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Vol 4, San Diego, Academic Press,   2008,  pp 142-147.

Samaras TT. & Desnoes J. Increasing human body size and its physical and environmental ramifications. Townsend Letter  Feb/Mar 2008, 295, 100- 122.

Samaras TT (ed). Human Body Size and the Laws of Scaling: Physiological, Performance, Growth, Longevity and Ecological Ramifications. N.Y., Nova Science Publications, 2007.

Samaras TT. Re: association between height and coronary heart disease mortality: a prospective study of 35,000 twin pairs (letter). American Journal of Epidemiology, 2006: 165: 113-114.

Samaras TT. Nutrition, obesity, growth and longevity in Starks T (ed) Trends in Nutrition Research, Nova Science Publishers, N.Y.,  2006.

Samaras TT. Nutrition, obesity, growth and longevity in Ditmer LF (ed). New Developments in Obesity Research. Nova Science Publishers, NY, 2006.

Samaras TT. Nutrition, obesity, growth and longevity . International Journal of Medical and Biological Frontiers 2007, 9, 223-262.

Samaras TT, Elrick H, Storms LH. Is short height really a risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke mortality? a review. Medical Science  Monitor 2004; 10: RA63-76.

Samaras TT, Storms LH.  Has our adulation of taller height promoted the obesity epidemic? BMJ, Rapid Responses 2004, June 30.

Samaras TT, Elrick H., Storms LH.  Is height related to longevity? Life Sciences 2003; 72: 1781-1802.

Samaras TT, Elrick H, Storms LH. Birth weight, rapid growth, cancer, and longevity: a review. Journal of the National Medical Association 2003; 95: 1170-1183.

Elrick H, Samaras TT, Demas A. Missing links in the obesity epidemic. Nutrition Research 2002; 22: 1101-1123.

Samaras TT, Elrick H,Storms LH. Height, health and growth hormone. Acta Paediatrica 1999; 88: 602-9.

Samaras TT, Storms LH. Secular growth and its harmful ramifications. Medical Hypotheses 2002; 58: 93-112.

Samaras TT, Elrick H. Height, body size, and longevity: is smaller better for the human body? Western  Journal of Medicine  2002; 176: 206-208.

Samaras TT and Elrick H. Less is better. Journal of the National Medical Association 2002; 94: 88-99.

Samaras TT, Storms LH, Elrick H. Longevity, mortality and body weight. Ageing Research Reviews 2002; 1: 673-691.

Samaras TT and Elrick H. Height, body size and longevity. Acta Medica Okayama 1999; 53: 149-169.

Samaras TT, Elrick H, and Storms LH. Is attainment of greater height and body size really desirable? (Guest Editorial) Journal of the National Medical Association 1999; 91: 317-321.

Samaras TT. Bigger people are becoming a growing problem. Earth Island Journal 1997; 13: 22.

Samaras TT. Why the future belongs to smaller sized humans. In FutureVision: Ideas, Insights, and Strategies,  Didsbury HF (ed). World Future Society, Bethesda, Maryland, 1996, pp 245-257.

Samaras TT. How body height and weight affect our performance, longevity and survival. Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 1996; 84: 131-156.

Samaras TT and Heigh G H. How human size affects longevity and mortality from degenerative diseases. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients. Oct 1996. 159: 78-85, 133-139.

Samaras TT. The Truth About Your Height. Exploring the Myths and Realities of Human Size and its Effects on Performance, Health, Pollution, and Survival. 1994.

Samaras TT. Lets get small. Harper’s. 1995. 289: 32-34

Samaras TT, Storms LH. Impact of height and weight on life span. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 1992; 70: 259-267.

Samaras TT. That song put down short people but…  Science Digest July 1978; 81 (1): 76-79.

Samaras TT. The stature factor--how important is human size in the energy, pollution and economic picture? Electric Perspectives (Edison  Electric Co) 1978/6  9-16.

Samaras TT. The law of entropy and the aging process. Human Development, 1974; 17 (4): 314-320.

The book has been reviewed by a number of journals. Reviewer comments are given below:

  • SM Marson, University of North Carolina, Department of Social Work, in Public Health Nutrition (Cambridge University Press), 2009, 12, 1299-1300.

"Human Body Size and the Laws of Scaling is an outstanding and revelatory book."

"It is quite extraordinary to discover a book with such a wide range of potential professional readerships."

"The writing style and content is written for those with specialties in both the natural and social sciences. This has been a Herculean task, and Thomas Samaras has succeeded."

"Human Body Size and the Laws of Scaling is an important multi-disciplinary work that goes beyond public health and nutrition professionals. I recommend this volume for every academic library."

"Professional policy makers should have access to and read this volume. Thomas Samaras's work should inspire legislators. In addition, college educated citizens who have a general interest in the earth ecology will want to read it.  For them, most public libraries should acquire it."

  • D. Labadarios, Professor, SAJCN, Editor's Note: S Afr J Clin. Nutr, 2009, 22 (4), 167.

“….Samaras' acclaimed book, provides new insights on human body size, challenges current recommendations for growth and height, argues on the basis of some credible evidence that Western diseases, the primary cause of later-life mortality, correlate with changes in nutrition, lifestyle and increasing body size….”

  • JCK Wells, University College London, Institute of Child Health, in Economics and Human Biology, 2008, 6: 489-491:

"This book is packed with ideas, and I challenge any reader working within the field of human growth to read even one chapter without achieving new insights into their area of expertise."

"...I thoroughly enjoyed reading the chapters, and was rewarded with a range of novel points, new perspectives and the kind of facts that one continues mulling over for some time afterwards."

"I strongly recommend the book to academics across a wide range of disciplines and suspect that many will find themselves challenging their long-held views about the association between growth and health."

  • D. Pyne, Dept of Physiology, Australian Institute of Sport. BMJ Group Blogs: British Journal of Sports Medicine, 8 Oct, 2008

"Is the substantial increase in human height and weight over the last century a positive development for society and individuals within society in terms of physical performance, health and longevity? If this question generates a personal interest then this book on human body size is worth finding."

"There are also useful insights into the obesity epidemic that now challenges practitioners and policymakers around the world."

"This public health issue has seemingly arisen quickly over the last decade or two and the underlying experimental and epidemiological work discussed in the book is pertinent and well-received."

  • Robert Arking, Biological Sciences, Wayne State University, in The Gerontologist, 2008, 48: 549-553:

"He [Samaras] has brought together much disparate data into an interesting and useful whole." p. 552

"This book marshals and examines the available data to reach some extraordinary conclusions." p. 552

"He [Samaras] carefully sorts out and analyzes the often conflicting data relating BMI to disease and/or longevity, pointing out a bevy of confounding variables, and drawing considered opinions on what they all mean." p. 552

  • DE Sandberg, Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School in The Quarterly Review of Biology, June 2008, p 213:

" Would parents of short, but otherwise healthy, children be as inclined to risk the potential long-term health risks of long-term treatment with pharmacological doses of rhGH if they were apprised of the perspective outlined in this book?"

  • Community Health Care Library, May 4, 2007:

"...the ideas and research in this book [are] quite fascinating."

  • Leonid Gavrilov, Center on Aging, University of Chicago, 2008

"This book provides the most comprehensive coverage available of the human body and its relation to a variety of extrinsic and intrinsic factors."

  • Longevity Science Blog, 2007

"This unique book takes a systems approach to human size and its relation to various aspects of life, including changes in biochemical factors, chronic disease risk, nutrition and longevity."

  • Mark Houston, Hong Kong medical researcher, May 11, 2008

" Your book was fantastic, absolutely unique."

  • The Journal of Chinese Clinical Medicine, 2007

"....a wonderful book."

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