In every aspect by the keen observation a person can be identified by his physical appearance mainly focused on height. Being tall or short is a big question because taller is always more beneficial than shorter in this competition world.

Recent studies reveal that being tall may affect their health as they are more susceptible to cancer and have short life span. But no one is aware of how height affects the longetivity.


The problem of being height is not a new problem, as it came into existence in 1975’s by a scientist proposed a link between height and breast cancer in women. But most of the studies focus on breast cancer. Other studies focused on how the height affects the cancer but they were not successful in demonstrating how to control these affects due to height which is given by the epidemiologist named Geoffrey Kabat at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.

Kabat says that the link provided is more complicated as it is hard to identify a specified disease by measuring the height. He also said that “Any cancer case that arises in a person is due to the height and cancer but it cannot be any factor for sure”.

A fact that taller ones are more in weight than shorter people .The variations in BMI is because of variables such as nutrition, diet and stress are associated with height and weight. But psychosocial variables like income, education and status doesn’t vary the height and weight.


Kabat has done a brief study on 144701 women exactly who were enrolled in Women’s Health Initiative study occurred between 1993 and 1998 at 40 clinical sites around the country which was followed by him from 12 years so that he can precisely  the relationship between height and a variety of cancers found in women.

A noteworthy relationship between height and cancer at any site in the body is for each additional 10 cm (3.94 inches) of height, a woman had a 1.13 times greater overall cancer risk which was published earlier irrespective of controlling the body weight, status and BMI.

As of now Kabat do not have any lucid explanation of why it happens but taller people have more growth factors which helps in development of cancer which may also include diet and nutrition. A general explanation is taller person have more cells in the body which could help cancer because more cells may grow out of control.

“But the relation is quite difficult because growth takes place in early stages while cancer occur after four decades”- Kabat.

In spite of all these, Kabat says that don’t worry about all these folks as yourself cannot be made short and concentrate on good diet, physical exercise and quit smoking  which could reduce cancer .

Other Disease

Not only cancer, scientists are examining on how height relates to the Heart but it is quite controversial with the case of cancer. In this the taller persons who are more than 6′ 1″ (185 cm) had a 35% lower risk of having a heart attack than men who were shorter than 5′ 7″ (170 cm). Every inch a man gains in height results in a 2-3% reduce in heart attack risk.

Tall people, Short Span?

According to the scientist Samar, it is always yes that short people live longer than tall people.

Apart from all these some studies are quite controversy to this relation while Samar states that height is the only factor responsible for the longevity and it is not only the factor which also considers body weight, genes, education, economic status, smoking and drinking, social network and stress.

He also concludes that “one should stop worrying of being tall and focus on being healthy “and lead a happy life even if it is a short span.

Especially tall basket ball players and supermodels when affected with small cancer, we would not stop from looking up to these people and envying their heights—potential health risks be damned.


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