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Study Says Black Women Are Growing Up to Be Shorter, But Can't Explain Why

An economist in Germany has noticed a curious trend among Americans: For the past 50 years, black women have been shrinking with each new generation.

Black women today are nearly an inch shorter than white women their age and about half an inch shorter than black women born in the late 1960s, according to an analysis of CDC data.

Young black women today are nearly an inch shorter than white women their age and about half an inch shorter than black women born in the late 60s, according to an analysis of CDC data by John Komlos, a professor of economics at the University of Munich in Germany.

Heights by gender, class and race in Komlos' study rise and drop in waves over the years, but on the whole, every other group besides black women has remained the same height or gotten taller than their parents since the 60s.

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This is the problem with allowing "arts and commercial" students to interpret empirical results based on systematic data collation and statistical techniques - many of them just don't get it!

How can anecdotes and personal experiences be compared to CDC data? Has anyone here lived for fifty years as an adult? The CDC data surpasses any individual's personal observation in space - extensive geographical reach, and time - none of us have observed "black women", even in a given locale, for fifty years!

If these critics of the study (not that I'm against criticizing any study) understood basic statistics, they'll question the methodology - data partitioning technique, defining the cohorts, level of statistical significance used, etc.; question the time frame - is 50 years enough time to distinguish a localized (in time) trend from a non-localized one? question the data collection technique - how was the data collected? was it self-reported; was it from surveys/questionnaires, was it collated from patient data meant for other purposes? etc.

If no reliable hole can be poked into the data collection technique, the chosen time frame, or methodology used, then one can try to look for reasonable explanations, e.g., dieting; obesity prevalence; early sexual activity; teen pregnancy rates; possible side-effects of contraceptives on appetite, body weight; mate selection (do black males prefer shorter women?); etc.

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very typical of tpia. Rather than go straight to the meat of the topic she prefers to let her bitter outlook on life turn any thread she's on personal.

1. I didnt dig up the article, infact i found it on Huffington post while reading some political article and thought it might be interesting to see what others thought of the study.

2. My stand on black women is not something you have any idea about and is irrelevant to this thread.

3. that the study was done by a German group does not refute their findings. Considering the fact that medical records are on file in virtually any hospital, you really dont need to move from your table to carry out such an empirical study as this. All you need do is obtain access to records and look for varying characteristics between ethnic groups.

4. Have you carried out any independent study on your own to refute this study?

5. Most importantly - you need to seriously sit yourself down and wonder why you are so heavily disliked.

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i don't see how derogatory the article is. i'm attracted to short women so i personally don't find it offensive.

you are too bitter for your own good

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it doesn't matter if it was done by a german based in germany. the date is from the CDC, the center for disease and control is based in the US. what do you have to REFUTE data collected by the CDC.

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oh and f the cdc. they are know to report anything. and conduct medical expiraments.

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wait wait, what is this colour study. . . . . .the shortest race is arab

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of course, you definitely know this all the way in kiwi country. plain and simple, you have nothing to refute CDC's data other than what you want to see.

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your personal observations aren't enough to refute data from the CDC

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I think it has 2 do with d nutrition and d region. Naija chics of nowadays disprove this theory esp those within the ages of 18 to 23.

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must be poor diet. i heard lack of nutrition stunts your growth. and white women i know are way more health concious.

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