1. Karlin Karlin Canada says:

      "Taller people are also less likely to become dehydrated; they lose less moisture due to their smaller surface area in comparison to body mass."

      150 lbs, 6 feet tall Vs 150 lbs, 5 feet tall
    - the shorter one has less surface area in comparison to body mass.

       Is there an error in one of our calculations?

    Furthermore, I, as a TALL person, simply do NOT eat nearly as much food as even the shortest person I know. That puts your "food consumption, better adaptation" idea in question too.

      Sorry to be so negative, but it really seems your thesis is built on assumptions that have too many variables to be of any real factual value.

      My older brother is 6" shorter than I am. He recently retired as CEO of Trans Canada Pipelines ["Hal"]; I however and a useless piece of shit, on disabiklity and addicted to morphine for chronic pain [pains made worse by being tall?]

    But thanks for stimulating some thought!!

    • Thomas Samaras Thomas Samaras United States says:

      You need to compare taller and shorter people of the same body type or proportions. If you do that, taller people weigh a lot more in terms of their surface area. Thus they lose less water in proportion to their body weight as well as less body heat.

      A number of studies have found that taller people eat more. You can't get and maintain a bigger body without costs. One of these costs is the need for more water and food. However, tall  individuals may have lower metabolic rates than the average short person. In this case, they may require fewer calories but they still need more minerals and vitamins to meet the needs of their larger bodies.

      Our society prefers taller people for leadership positions but that does not mean all successful or wealthy people are tall. David Murdock is 5'4 and is one of the richest men in the world. Mayor Bloomberg is also quite wealthy and relatively short.

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