Improper diet affects weight and height of children.
According to a recent study, inadequate food availability affects school-age children, resulting in an average difference of 20 cm or 7.9 inches between the height of children of taller and shorter nations.
According to a report, in 2019, the world’s tallest 19-year-old boy was from the Netherlands, who was 6 feet tall, and the world’s shortest 19-year-old boy was from the country of Timor-Leste, whose height was only It was five feet three inches.
The UK has slipped a few notches in the list of citizens of different countries of the world.
In 2019, her 19-year-old son was ranked 39th in the world in terms of height, with an average height of five feet ten inches.
In 1985, the UK was ranked 28th in the world. The study is published in the internationally renowned medical journal
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Research on weight and height of children.
According to researchers, it is important to keep a record of the height and weight of children in countries around the world because these data estimate the availability of food, health facilities and a healthy environment and atmosphere for children in these countries. can go.
The Lancet team observed 65 million children between the ages of five and 19 more than 2,000 times between 1985 and 2019.
These analyzes show that in 2019, North, Western and Central Europe have the highest number of children and young people raised in the world.
The same study also found that the youngest 19-year-olds live in South and Southeast Asian, Latin American and East African countries.
- On average, 19-year-olds in Laos are as tall as 13-year-olds in the Netherlands.
- In Guatemala, Bangladesh, Nepal and Timor-Leste, the average height of 19-year-old girls is equal to the average height of 11-year-old Dutch girls.
- In the UK, 19-year-olds average five feet ten inches, while girls of the same age average five feet five inches.
- China and South Korea are among the nations whose young people have seen a clear difference in height over the past 35 years.
Healthy weight gain
Researchers have also looked at children’s BMI. BMI is a procedure that measures the weight and height of children.
Researchers have found that young people living in the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, the United States and New Zealand have the highest BMI.
The lowest BMI among 19-year-olds is in South Asian countries such as Bangladesh and India.
According to the study, the countries with the highest BIM of young people and the countries with the lowest BMI of young people have an average weight difference of 25 kg.
Researchers acknowledge that people’s height and weight are also related to their genetics, but when it comes to the health of the nation as a whole, food and the environment are of paramount importance.
They also argue that when it comes to global food policy-making, the focus is on food available to children under the age of five, but they believe that The development of children and youth should also be monitored.
Free food for school children to grow their height and weight.
Dr. Andre Rodriguez Martinez, of the Imperial College in the United Kingdom, who is leading the research, says that the benefits of a healthy weight and height last a lifetime in childhood and adolescence.
He says the results of his research will encourage the development of policies that will help ensure the availability of healthy food in abundance and at low cost, leading to better development for children and youth. Instead of being unnecessarily fat, they should balance their height and weight.
He said the policy measures include distribution of free food vouchers to low-income children. So that they can have adequate food and free and healthy food for school children.