01 Apr '12, 12pm

Short is the New Green

Short is the New Green

Munchkins in the Wizard of Oz/Screen capture Randy Newman was wrong; short people have every reason to live. It is the tall people who have a problem. As a new study by S. Matthew Liao, Human Engineering and Climate Change points out , Human ecological footprints are partly correlated with our size. We need a certain amount of food and nutrients to maintain each kilogram of body mass. This means that, other things being equal, the larger one is, the more food and energy one requires. Indeed, basal metabolic rate (which determines the amount of energy needed per day) scales linearly with body mass and length. As well as needing to eat more, larger people also consume more energy in less obvious ways. For example, a car uses more fuel per mile to carry a heavier person than a lighter person; more fabric is needed to clothe larger than smaller people; heavier people wear out ...

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