Orthotics are increasing in Australia, with orthotics manufacturers adding the most height increase to the list of factors that influence the average height of an individual.
The number of Australian-based companies adding height increase added to the mix of factors to determine a person’s height has more than doubled in the past decade, with an average increase of 1.5cm in the height incrementing to 12.5 per cent, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data.
The height increase for Australian-born men rose to 11.5 percent, from 7.1 percent in 2015, while for Australian women, it jumped to 7.4 percent, up from 5.6 percent in the previous year.
It is expected that the rise will continue for men and women with the average increase for both genders coming in at 6.9 percent and 5.5 cent, respectively.
The average height increase of an Australian woman has increased from 1.8cm to 1.9cm, while an Australian man’s has risen to 1cm from 1cm.
Australian men and Australian women are the only age groups that have experienced an increase in height, with men growing the most from 1 to 3.5 inches while women growing the least.
However, women still account for the majority of people who are overweight or obese, with a quarter of adults aged 18 to 44 being overweight or severely obese.
In contrast, Australians born overseas have seen their average height decline, while the rate of increase for people born in Australia has been steady over the last decade.
While the number of Australians with a height increase was higher in 2015 than the previous decade, a decrease in the average is expected.
Australian health organisations say the number is due to the growth of obesity and the need to address the issue in schools.
Topics:health,diseases-and-disorders,nutrition,dietary-and/or-nutrition-policy,health-policy-and.relations,health,abbott-tony,australiaFirst posted November 04, 2018 11:47:38Contact James WillsMore stories from Australia