How big is too big

How tall are men on average in Germany?

Are you actually satisfied with your height? In any case, this will probably not increase significantly: Most men will be fully grown by no later than 21 years, some even by 16 years.

How tall are men on average?

Many factors have an influence on body size: Not only genetics play a role, but also diet and certain environmental influences. Men in Germany come to an average of 179.9 cm. The following facts reveal what other things are about body size:

The tallest men live in the Netherlands

In which country are the men actually tallest on average? Scientists at Imperial College in London researched this in 2014. They examined adult men aged 20 years in different countries.

It generally shows that the tallest men in the world live in Europe. Men grow tallest in the Netherlands: According to Imperial College, they grow to be 182.5 centimeters on average. The smallest men in the world, on the other hand, live in East Timor with an average height of around 159.8 centimeters.

German men are in eleventh place

In the study, German men ended up in eleventh place with an average height of 179.9 centimeters. In comparison, German women are around 165.9 centimeters tall, Germans on average around 172.9 centimeters.

In historical comparison, the size of men in Germany has increased significantly: In 1914, a German man was around 167.2 centimeters tall on average. This corresponds to an increase in size of 12.7 centimeters over the past 100 years.

The greatest men live in these countries

The Dutch men (182.5 centimeters) are followed by the Belgians: They are 181.7 centimeters tall on average. Third place is occupied by men from Estonia with around 181.6 centimeters.

This is followed by Latvia and Denmark (each 181.4 centimeters), Bosnia and Herzegovina with 180.9 and Croatia with 180.8 centimeters. Serbia (180.6), Iceland (180.5) and the Czech Republic (180.1 centimeters) are also ahead of Germany (179.9).

Tallest man was 272 centimeters tall

The American Robert Wadlow is considered the tallest person who has ever lived: He was 272 centimeters tall and was also known as "The Alton Giant". Wadlow was born in 1918 and died in 1940.

The enormous size of Wadlow was caused by a pituitary adenoma. This tumor caused large amounts of growth hormone to be released. Wadlow grew and grew. By the age of ten he was already two meters tall.

The American John William Rogan, who lived from 1865 to 1905, was a little smaller than Wadlow. He was 267 centimeters tall. His size caused him enormous problems: He was unable to stand due to bone adhesions in his knees and hips, but could only sit or lie down.

The tallest German was 248 centimeters tall

The tallest German who has ever lived is Christoph Münster, who is 248 centimeters tall. He lived from 1632 to 1676. At the age of 16, Münster was already 224 centimeters tall. Another great German was Julius Koch with a height of 246 centimeters. He lived from 1872 to 1902.

The German Anton Franckenpoint, who with his 244 centimeters also became known as "The Long Anton" was also very tall. He was born around 1618 and lived until 1648. His skeleton can be seen in Marburg in the Museum Anatomicum.

Fun fact: people are smaller in the evening than in the morning

The height of people changes during the day: in the evening most people are half an inch to two centimeters smaller than in the morning. This is particularly due to the fact that the intervertebral discs in the spine are compressed during the day.

Most adults also get smaller during their lifetime. Reasons for this are, for example, changes in the spine and general aging processes.

"Long People Club" represents interests

In Germany, the “Long People Club” represents the interests of particularly tall people. Men from a height of 1.90 meters can join the club. 1.80 meters are used as a basis for women.

One task that the association has set itself, for example, is to procure mass-produced clothing items for particularly tall people. In many German cities there are regional groups and regular events.

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