Figure 10. | A century of trends in adult human height

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A century of trends in adult human height

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Download figureOpen in new tabFigure 10. Change, over the 1928–1967 birth cohorts, in mean BMI vs. in mean height.

Each point shows one country. BMI change was calculated for mean BMI at 45–49 years of age – an age when diseases associated with excess weight become common but weight loss due to pre-existing disease is still uncommon. BMI data were available for 1975–2014 (NCD Risk Factor Collaboration, 2016); 45–49 year olds in these years correspond to 1928–1967 birth cohorts. BMI data were from a pooled analysis of 1698 population-based measurement studies with 19.2 million participants, with details reported elsewhere (NCD Risk Factor Collaboration, 2016).