Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : Translated by Zeng Mao Page No. : NA

Japanese Yahoo News April 18 article, original title: Is height is important?

Chinese are obsessed with height, and most concerned with height when looking at a person’s appearance. There are many “height-promoting” supplements, hormones and fitness equipment available in China, but experts say these products lack scientific basis.

According to the “Report on Nutrition and Chronic Diseases in China (2020)” released by China’s State Information Office in December last year, the average height of men aged 18 to 44 is 169.7 cm and 158 cm for women, an increase of 1.2 cm and 0.8 cm respectively compared to 2015. In contrast, according to the 2018 National Health and Nutrition survey released in Japan, the average height of men over 20 years old in Japan is 168 cm and 154.5 cm for women. The gap between China and Japan is not that big.

In Japan, people often talk about weight, not height, while in China it is the opposite. When you visit Chinese dating websites, you will often see rigid requirements such as “I hope the other party is over 174 cm tall”, but there are no specific requirements for weight. In China, the image of fat men is that they are “trustworthy”. Some Chinese women say they “won’t make any demands on their marriage partner, but they won’t be looking for someone shorter than them”. In addition, in job advertisements, some employers also explicitly require that “men be no less than 173 cm tall and women no less than 165 cm tall”.

In 2013, China’s growth hormone market was estimated at RMB 1.2 billion, and in 2020 it is estimated to reach RMB 7.7 billion. The Chinese internet is full of advertisements for calcium tablets and nutritional pills, such as “Goodbye, shortie”, ” add 15 cms” and “easy to develop long legs”. However, the reality is that many similar products for increasing one’s height have no clear scientific basis. The Chinese media said that height depends largely on genes, and if you want to grow taller, you should ensure a balanced diet and nutrition, get enough sleep and exercise properly, and reduce stress in your life. These are more important than intake of growth hormones.

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