The Truth About Your Height: Exploring the Myths and Realities of Human Size and Its Effects on Performance, Health, Pollution, and Survival.

The Truth About Your Height: Exploring the Myths and Realities of Human Size and Its Effects on Performance, Health, Pollution, and Survival. – book reviews

About 15 years ago, anthropologist Ashley Montagu observed that we have a misguided pride in the increasing size of our children based on an unwarranted belief that we are producing a better breed of people. This book provides an informative and provocative exploration of Montagu’s statement from the standpoints of health, longevity, intellectual and physical performance, food needs, pollution, and world survival. The book’s findings are based on sound scientific principles and supported by over 20 years of research. Being an interdisciplinary work, this text was reviewed before publication by professionals in medicine, psychiatry, physics, engineering, business, chemistry, and education.

The Truth About Your Height should be useful to anyone interested in new ideas and information about themselves and the world we live in. The book also provides a previously nonexistent baseline for further evaluation of the hazards of the worldwide increase in the size of human beings. It can also be used to provide young people with guidance related to height and self-image, health practices, and sports and career choices.

The book provides a wealth of well-documented information, over 50 tables, charts, and figures, footnotes, appendices, more than 460 references, and a comprehensive index. This book is a valuable resource on the human body and its performance and provides extensive findings on the special benefits of shorter and smaller physiques. Numerous benefits of smaller human bodies are given throughout the book, including 50 minibiographies on exceptional short or small people in the arts, science, sports, business, and government. The physical capabilities of women are also discussed. In addition, the author provides extensive evidence of how smaller people conserve resources and reduce pollution, thereby minimizing the dangerous effects of billions of people on the earth’s resources and ecology.

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