The Dutch finally stop growing, but do get heavier

The height of the average Dutch man and woman has not increased since 1997, but children have become heavier, researchers from the TNO institute said on Thursday.


The average Dutch man is now 183.8 cm tall, while women average 170.6 cm. Since 1950, men have increased in length by 16 cm and women by 14 cm, making the Dutch one of the tallest people in the world.
At the same time, children are more likely to be overweight, the researchers said. Some 32% of children of Turkish origin are too heavy, as are 25% of Moroccan boys and 29% of Moroccan girls.
Some 13% of native Dutch boys and 15% of girls are considered overweight.