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  •  Typo? (0+ / 0-)

    Or maybe just poor writing/editing...

    The United States is the only country in the OECD where men and women aged 45-49 are no taller than those aged 20-24 years old...

    Why should the older group be taller than the younger group? For this quote to make sense, it should reverse the order of comparison.

    Assuming that the reverse is what the writer really meant... the information is not exactly surprising, more of a confirmation of what we already knew. There is no truer measure of wealth than what you eat. As a nation, we hit our peak 40 or so years ago, when those 45- to 49-year olds were growing kids. Over the next 25 years, we held to that plateau (sort of). Now, we're not getting taller, just fatter. Not sure what that means, but what it doesn't mean is that diet and living conditions have improved.

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