A study of 7,735 middle-class British men born between 19 found a 3 cm height gap between manual and non-manual workers.It will take 20 years before manual workers will be as tall as non-manual workers are now.Various studies have found that each extra 1 cm of height reduces the relative risk of death at any age by about 0.5%, 0.6% and 2%. Height is one of the most visible and obvious differences between men and women, and therefore, like muscularity, emblematic of masculinity.There are probably sociobiological reasons behind women’s preference for tall men.
Short Men Are More Likely To Commit Violent Crime A study of 760,000 Swedish conscripts found that every 10 cm of height reduces the risk of violent criminality by 7% even when adjusted for socioeconomic status.
Women’s preference for tall men varies with the menstrual cycle.
Women are turned on by tall men more when they are in the follicular (fertile) phase, and when their partners were chosen with a short-term relationship in view.
Height integrates lifetime exposures to deprivation, illness and injuries, and is an “honest advertisement” of the body’s ability to withstand them.
Most height-related differences are modest, and although we can make light of it, short stature can be a source of serious psychological concern.