If you have noticed that Thais seem to be getting taller as the years go by, you’d be right. With official confirmation of this increase the Public Health Ministry has raised its standard height for Thai children, men and women.
The development criteria for children aged 6-19 have been adjusted upwards from the standards used since 1995, says Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutacha. The latest generation of Thai children has outgrown the previous standard for both height and weight.
Under the 1995 standard, the average height of Thais at age 19 is 165 centimetres for men and 159cm for women. According to the new standard the average height is now 175cm for men and 162cm for women. In 15 years (2036), it is estimated Thai men will average 180cm and women 170cm.
The new growth criteria will be supported by information on correct nutrition and exercise to strengthen joints and increase height, said the ministry.