While your weight can be a reflection of your current state of health, your height usually isn't. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 80 percent of your height is determined by genetic factors. On the other hand, weight is related to the amount of fat and muscle mass in your body.
If you're curious how you stack up against other men, here are the average heights and weights of men around the world.
Global Comparison of Average Adult Male Height
The average adult American male is 5 feet 9.1 inches tall, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Average heights vary by racial and ethnic groups. While the average adult caucasian male is 5 feet 9.6 inches tall, the average adult Hispanic American male is 5 feet 7.4 inches tall.
Height also varies by country. While the average man is 5 feet, 9.1 inches tall in America, the average man in the Netherlands is 5 feet, 11 inches tall. The countries with the shortest men include Yemen and Laos, according to a July 2016 report in Epidemiology and Global Health, where the average is 5 feet, 2.8 inches.
Average Adult Male Weight
The average adult American male (20 years and older) is 195.7 pounds, according to the CDC. As with height, averages vary by racial and ethnic groups. For instance, while the average adult caucasian male weighs 198.8 pounds, the average adult African American male weighs 199.3 pounds. Among adult Hispanic American males, the average weight is 189.9 pounds.
Factors Influencing Height and Weight
There are a number of factors that influence how tall a person grows, though most of them fall within genetics and environment. If you come from a tall family, you are more likely to fall on the taller end of the spectrum. Height can also vary by environment as well, according to a 2016 article published in Scientific Reports. This primarily has to do with the types of cultural foods and abundance of nutrients in the region.
While your weight does depend a bit on genetic factors, for the most part, it depends on your lifestyle choices. If your diet primarily contains unhealthy, high-calorie foods and you get little exercise, you'll likely carry extra weight. Obesity rates are also linked with socioeconomic class, according to the Population Reference Bureau. Those that fall within a lower socioeconomic class typically experience higher rates of obesity due to the higher cost of healthier food.
How to Make Yourself Look Taller
Aside from practicing good posture and selecting slimming clothing, healthy eating and exercise can play a role in your height. Though a proper diet won't necessarily make you grow taller, getting plenty of vitamins and minerals through food sources will make you less likely to lose height as you age. And strength training builds bone density and develops the muscles that you'll need to stand up straight and tall.
How to Lose Weight
If you want to lose weight, your caloric output (the calories you burn each day) should exceed your caloric input (the calories you eat each day), according to the Mayo Clinic. Incorporate exercise into your daily routine and eat a diet rich in fibrous vegetables and protein.
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- CDC: "Anthropometric Reference Data for Children and Adults: United States, 2007–2010"
- Scientific Reports: "Genetic and environmental influences on height from infancy to early adulthood: "An individual-based pooled analysis of 45 twin cohorts"
- Population Reference Bureau: "How Obesity Relates to Socioeconomic Status"
- Mayo Clinic: "Weight-loss basics"