Dec. 20, 2018 – One factor may be the shift in the country’s population. There is a growing number of Mexican Americans, who account for about two-thirds of Hispanics in the US, and that group tends to be a little shorter, said one of the report’s authors, Cynthia Ogden of the federal agency the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings come from a 2015-16 health survey that measures height and weight. A sample of more than 5,000 US adults took part. CDC records date back to the early 1960s, when the average man was a little over 5ft 8in tall and weighed 166lb. Now, men are almost 1in taller and more than 30 lb. heavier. But today’s average height of 5ft 9in is about a 10th of an inch shorter than about a decade ago.

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