Next it will be the color of your fingernails.
dont shoot it down so quickly. (i know you are just kidding).
while i would have never associated poor nutrition
and upbringing with shorter legs it does make sense on the surface.
i would assume that a more active lifestyle is associated with longer legs as well.
both factors create better health and disease resistance.
I think it has more to do with heredity. The longer the arms the easier it is to reach the booze on the table.
Yeah this sounds kinda silly. There are various tribes in africa that have VERY tall (and thin) people in them with very long legs. And I strongly suspect that most/many of them were raised in an environment where the consistent availability of food and proper nutrition is relatively poor compared to western standards - and yet they still have super long legs. And in my case, I wear 34"L pants and received good nutrition my whole life (other than the doritos and captain crunch). So I think leg length in our modern western world (where true malnutrition is largely a thing of the past) has more to do with heredity than anything else. I think what they've really discovered it that short stubby/stocky people are more likely to become obese in our modern world and therefore are more likely to suffer from the usual maladies of obesity (like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease etc). Someone built like that 20,000 years ago would have had an evolutionary advantage in a place like prehistoric Europe, but today the advantages afforded by those same genes are turned on their heads because the environment has also turned on its head.
I mostly agree with you, bit you did go on to validate the study a little...
"has more to do with heredity than anything else. I think what they've really discovered it that short stubby/stocky people are more likely to become obese in our modern world and therefore are more likely to suffer from the usual maladies of obesity (like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease etc).
I think that has some validity...and you know, maybe these types of people do eat more, and maybe, in some instances, drink more? who knows? What's that saying, stats don't validate the individual, they validate the stats.....did think it's interesting, and only proves to me, how many, many, many variables disease encompasses...and how it's so hard to pin down a few reasons for anything.
My wife is 4,10" 100 lbs. and doesn't drink. Suffers from vascular disease so you may be right on this.