Difference in height between Asians growing up in the West and Asians growing up in the East

October 21, 2018 | By NuBest
The fact that Asian people living in the West are taller than the ones living in the East will make many people surprised although they all have the same source of genes. The question is what has made this difference. Let's learn more about this in the following article.

Many studies have shown that genetics is not the only decisive factor of human height growth. In fact, a person's height largely depends on the living environment and health care. This is also an important basis for assessing the height difference between the Asians living in the West and the Asians living in the East. Factors that create this difference include:

Nutrition

Nutritional conception

Meals of Asian families in the West are varied with four basic ingredients: Protein, Carbohydrates, Calories, Vitamins and Minerals which provide enough nutrients and energy for daily activities as well as for physical development. Meanwhile, the Asians in the East choose rice and noodles (the starch) as the main dish. Rice and noodles easily bring a sense of fullness and cause them not to eat more, which affects nutritional content in their meals and hinders their height growth.

Meals of Asian families in the West are varied with four basic ingredients: Protein, Carbohydrates, Calories, Vitamins and Minerals.

Children's health care

Many children in Asia are raised and cared for based on the experiences of their parents. Nutrition at golden stages for height growth such as pregnancy, 0 - 3 years old and puberty is often improper, which makes children have low resistance, causes them to suffer from illnesses frequently and adversely affects their height growth. Meanwhile, in the West, children's diets and health care are all consulted by doctors and nutritionists. This helps children grow well from the beginning.

In the West, children's diets and health care are all consulted by doctors and nutritionists.

Quality of food sources

The West attaches much importance to food safety. Therefore, food production, processing and packaging are all monitored and inspected by specialized agencies. Meanwhile, contaminated foods and food poisoning are major problems in some countries of the East, which adversely affects Asians' physical development.

Exercise

Physical education at schools

In the West, the number and duration of each physical education session are quite large. Sports activities and sports tournaments are held regularly at schools, which facilitates the height growth of students. Meanwhile, in Asia, physical education is considered a secondary subject with 2 sessions/week and 90 minutes/session. Students have to practice compulsory sports instead of selecting their favorite and appropriate sports.

In the West, the number and duration of each physical education session are quite large.

Infrastructure for physical activities

The Asians in the West live in a civilized environment with modern facilities for physical activities. As a result, sports practice and exercise occur at high frequency and appropriate intensity. Each residential area has space for exercise with necessary fitness equipment and anyone can go there to exercise without paying fees. On the contrary, in Asia, the investment in infrastructure and spaces for sports practice and exercise has not been focused.

Sleep and living environment

The Westerners go to sleep earlier than the Easterners.

Professor Jodi Mindell, Director of Sleep Research Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has conducted a survey of the average sleeping time of children from 0 - 3 years old in some large countries. The results have shown that children in Western countries go to sleep earlier than children in East Asian countries from 30 minutes to more than 2 hours 30 minutes.

The Westerners let their children sleep separately from an early age.

In Asia, many people have habits of sleeping with their children while Asian parents in the West let their children sleep separately from an early age in order that their children can sleep well and deeply, thereby facilitating their height growth.

Furthermore, in Asia, some parents let their children sleep together. If one of the children wakes up, the sleep of the rest will be affected. As a result, their growth hormone production will be negatively affected, which results in limitation in the height growth.

Living environment

In Western countries, modern and civilized living environment, residential areas away from industrial zones and close regulations on handling noise pollution have helped ensure sleep quality of Asian communities here. Meanwhile, in Asian countries, houses are often close to the roads and also the places for business. Therefore, their sleep is often affected by the noise from vehicles.

In Western countries, the modern and civilized living environment has helped ensure the sleep quality of Asian communities here.

Objective factors such as modern living environment, good facilities and changes in living habits have helped the height of many Asians in Western countries gradually catch up with international friends. These factors again show that genetics does not completely determine height and we are able to improve our height if we build proper diets for ourselves, exercise frequently and rest properly.

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