According to United States government data, the average height for U.S. adult males is 5 feet 9.9 inches, with the average female measuring 5 feet 4.3 inches. The average height of humans varies greatly across the world and depends on a number of factors including genetics and nutrition. It is difficult to come up with an exact worldwide average height because of variability in data collection between nations. Average human height has also fluctuated significantly throughout history.
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Average height has oscillated throughout human history. The average height of a large population at a given moment in history often says a lot about the living conditions at that time. An Ohio State University study determined that European men during the 17th century averaged 5 feet 5 inches tall, whereas today they are a few inches taller. He attributes this to the abnormally cold weather and widespread political crisis in Europe during that century. The study also found that the Cheyenne people of North America were some of the tallest human beings ever to inhabit earth. He attributes this to the high protein, buffalo based diet of the Cheyenne.
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