Measurement Techniques

The ideal height for a man or a woman is a topic that has always been the subject of much debate. The internet, for instance, churns up several opinions that are mixed and only make the matter at hand even more confusing.

Even though people like to say that what matters is always on the inside – it’s hard to accept that appearances don’t matter. The truth is, whether we like to accept it or not, we all care how we look on the outside to everyone around us. Because of this reason, many of us obsess over the different numbers that define the dimensions of our bodies.

The content we consume has a major role in this regard, too. We’ve heard and seen unrealistic standards of beauty constantly make us self conscious when we stand in front of the mirror. If you’re one of those people who are concerned with their height constantly keep reading to know how tall you need to be considered tall.

Even though standard numbers are calculated after considering averages, some of us can tell when we’re tall. But if you’re a person who can’t figure out – let us clarify your confusion.

How Tall is Tall for a Woman?

There are no two opinions about the fact that the shape and size of our body change with time. For instance, in the 1960s, the average height for a woman was 5 feet and three inches, and weighed around 64 kilograms. But now, an average woman weighs 76, while the average height in the US for a woman has only gone up by an inch.

Even though the average height in the US has increased with the passage of time, the growth rate isn’t considered impressive when you compare it to the rest of the developed countries. According to several unofficial sources, the average height for a woman around the world is 5 feet and 3 inches, but here’s what the facts say:

  • The median height of a woman in Europe if 5 feet and 6 inches
  • In most countries around Asia, the average height for a woman is 5 feet

As much as people would like to think that the exercise they do and the diet they consume can increase their height – there’s actually little you can do. The average height for a woman depends on her genetics. According to experts, there’s an 80 percent chance that the height you have is solely because of your genetics.

What is Considered Tall for a Man?

The gradual change that made women taller affected men too with the passage of time. A century ago, the average height for a man in America was 67 inches, but today the average height for a man is 69 inches. But other developed countries are growing at a faster rate than the US. In the past, men usually grew to be taller than their fathers. But these days, most American men are just as tall as their fathers.

If you’re taller than 69 inches, you can consider yourself tall according to the American population. However, on some occasions, knowing the average height for a man is not necessary to know if you’re tall. Tall people usually know they’re tall because they’ve always been the once one person who ruins the group photo.

They usually can’t find clothes their size, or shoes that fit them. People usually ask them to reach for things because they are considered to be tall. That is why, even though research can help and it might tell you the exact number you have to be – knowing a number doesn’t truly make a difference.

How Tall is Tall in Japan?

Even though the average height in Japan has seen a significant increase in recent times, the people of Japan are still considered to be short according to the world average. The average male of the planet is 5 feet and 9 inches tall. That means if you’re taller than 5 feet and 9 inches you can statistically prove that you’re taller than most people on the planet.

However, the average Japanese man can’t say the same. The height of an average Japanese man is 5 feet and 7 inches. That means, even if you’re tall according to Japanese standards (5 feet and 8 inches) you’re still marginally shorter than the average height for men in the world.

Conclusion

Even if you aren’t tall according to the number we wrote in this article – height is something that is completely subjective. It changes according to the people you’re with. Even if you’re below the average height for males, it doesn’t truly matter if you’re above or below. Even if you’re 6 feet and 2 inches tall, you might feel like a dwarf standing next to an NBA team.

Likewise, you might feel tall standing next to a jockey – averages don’t really matter!  

Author

I am a doctor and working as a research based Medical Writer and Editor for more than 8 years. Passion for writing and an excellent medical background are my strong points. I love to combine my two passions into a profession wherein I can write professional articles in the field of medicine, health, and nutrition.​