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North Koreans born after the Korean War are about 2 inches shorter than South Koreans on average.


From years, North Koreans remain in headline due to their involvement in one or the other matters. North Koreans failure to launch a long-range rocket, haircut law, their slowing GDP, etc. occupies an attention-grabbing column in the news. And now new research has found that North Koreans are 2 inches shorter than South Koreans. The reason could be poor diet and deprivation. From the time Kim Jong has replaced his father, there has been a constant decline in country’s progress.

There has been no reliable data found due to Koreans mysterious nature, but short height has been appealed long. In the year 2010, Christopher Hitchens positioned the variance at six inches in an editorial in Slate named -‘A Nation of Racist Dwarfs’. In 2008, Statesman John McCain also mentioned to a three-inch difference in a consular discussion. And now Prof Daniel Schwekendiek has come up with reliable data on this height matter by studying the heights of North Korean migrants who traversed the border.

He told a news channel that the North Korean males are on an average of 1.3 to 3.1 inches shorter than their South Korean equivalents. The noticeable height difference is found in children also, as 1.6 inch among pre-school boys, and 1.2 inches among pre-school girls. If we look at the fact, the North Koreans are the most battle-ready nation in the world, as all males necessarily need to work for at least 10 years in the army.

If we look at the average height ratio, then South Korean female is close to the height of the typical North Korean male. Prof also states that height difference cannot be accredited to inheritances, as both inhabitants are similar. Authorities had held responsible a regular food shortage caused by poor yields, unproductive and state-run farming and obsolete equipment from the time when earlier kingpin Kim Sung-Il expired in 1994.

Any people have died due to the scarcity of food since 90’s. Poor quality of grain, little meat, no fruit and periodic food crisis, are the prime reasons of demises. The World Food Programme has been offering food assistance to North Korea ever since 1995.