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Acta Paediatr. 2008 Aug;97(8):1105-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2008.00855.x. Epub 2008 May 12.

Greek young men grow taller.

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Third Department of Pediatrics, University of Athens School of Medicine, Attikon University Hospital, Athens, Greece.



To examine whether a secular trend for greater height is still observed in young Greek men.


Height and weight of 3982 Greek conscripts, aged 18-26 years, were measured and correlated with the level of education and place of residence. Our data were collected from May 2006 to May 2007 from pre-selected army camps all over Greece. The data were compared with those of a similar study performed in 1990.


Mean height (+/-SD) of the conscripts was 178.06 (+/-7.05) cm. From 1990 until 2006, mean height increased from 175.7 cm to 178.06 cm (p < 0.001), corresponding to 1.47 cm/decade. Height was positively correlated with the place of residence (p = 0.007) and the level of education (p < 0.001) of the conscripts.


Our data show a further increase in the stature of young Greek men in the last 16 years. It appears that the male Greek population has still not exhausted its growth potential.

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