The real surprise here: Back in the mid 1800s, the Dutch ranked as one of the world’s shortest populations. Over the last 150 years, they've gone from standing three inches on average shorter than Americans to nearly three inches taller.
The Dutch aren't taking height-enhancing drugs. They're just living, many analysts believe, in a more equitable society. The news site Vox last week surveyed the latest research on inequality and height and ended up calling a possible linkage between the two “plausible — and somewhat disturbing.”
Height may amount to a marker that no unequal society can hide. Unequal societies, on the other hand, can hide the wealth of their wealthy. We have more on this phenomenon in this week’s Too Much. Reader alert: You may find the enormity of the hidden wealth we spotlight more than “somewhat” disturbing.