27 October 2014

This is an average American man

"Todd is the most typical of American men. His proportions are based on averages from CDC anthropometric data. As a U.S. male age 30 to 39, his body mass index (BMI) is 29; just one shy of the medical definition of obese. At five-feet-nine-inches tall, his waist is 39 inches."
From The Atlantic, where this body habitus is compared to those derived from databases in three other countries (Japan, France, and The Netherlands).   Here the average American is compared to the average man in the Netherlands:

"Americans are also losing ground in height. For most of two centuries, until 60 years ago, the U.S. population was the tallest in the world. Now the average American man is three inches shorter than the Dutch man, who averages six feet. Japanese averages are also gaining on Americans'. 
More information and images at The Atlantic.


  1. My son-in-law's sister married a guy from the Netherlands. They recently came here to baptize their daughters, along with the husband's parents, brother and sister-in-law. The men were 2 meters in height, making my ex husband, at 6'2" look almost short.

  2. Curious. Seems as if what's being depicted here is an All American White Male compared to a European White Male, with a Japanese Asian Male thrown in for good (racial hierarchical) measure. Yup, that about sums it all up...

    In this post racial era where we just "don't see race," no need to reference... the substantially darker one(s). Just another friendly, subtle reminder of what does and doesn't count: a) all that much, b) not as much, c) sorry, you're just being hopelessly PC by reading way too much into what's already blatantly obvious.

  3. I'm probably a terrible human being if I say the french guy is super hot.


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