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Love and hope can help people to grow taller, a new study suggests.

Prof Barry Bogin, a biological anthropologist from Loughborough University, delved into historical records to see how height changes as living conditions wax and wane.

He found that during straitened times, such as the Long Depression of 1873–1896, heights dropped in the United States by around 1.1 inches and 0.4 inches in the UK, before recovering as people’s situations improved.

Prof Bogin also looked at 300 years of records from children’s homes and found that mistreated or orphaned children often experienced stunting, but when their situation improved, their height increased.

Likewise, migrants moving away from unstable or dangerous regimes tend to experience increases in height after relocating to more prosperous and secure nations.

‘Insecurity and emotional stress can kill’
“Love and hope play essential roles in helping people grow in a healthy way,” said Prof Bogin.

“When we don’t have love or hope, we experience toxic emotional stress, which has harmful biological effects, including blocking hormones needed for growth and height.

“Insecurity and emotional stress can kill, with the most notorious example being the very high death rates in orphanages throughout European history.”

Food, Matey, food.

10 thoughts on “You what?”

  1. “Prof Bogin said other periods of global crisis, such as the Great Depression of the 1930s as well as the First and the Second World Wars did not have a similar impact on height, possibly because the UK and US governments launched massive public works programmes that gave hope for the future.”

    It seems like a parody of useless shite that suits academic and Guardianista “moar socialism” fantasy.

    If only they could have got the message of hope through to the northern Netherlands in 44/45; both sides could have saved all that cooperative effort to get some food in and there wouldn’t have been that shorter generation.

  2. “The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the ‘social sciences’ is: some do, some don’t.”

  3. I’m pleased to see that he agreed that migrants leaving European countries to colonise the black and brown portions of the world would have increased their height and well-being.

    And I’m glad he sympathises with the toxic emotional stress these poor people have suffered when dispossessed and robbed by the evil black and brown freedom fighters.

    Is he a staunch supporter of the ‘restore the empires’ organisation??

  4. It’s called the Secular Effect and works with IQ too in which case it is the Flynn Effect.

    Our Australian visitors to these pages will surely remind the Telegraph journalist that the Professor’s name has been misspelt.

  5. Bogin was born in the United States. He studied Biology and Anthropology at Temple University, Philadelphia (BA, MA, and PhD in Anthropology). Bogin worked at the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala (1974-76), Wayne State University, Detroit (1977-82), and University of Michigan-Dearborn (1982-2006). Bogin joined Loughborough University in 2007 and retired from full-time activities in 2018.


    Love and hope can help people to grow taller, a new study suggests.

    Other suggestions are also admissable.

  6. Buying Beatles records causes sunspots. The evidence is overwhelming, nothing else can explain the correlation.

    Since this is Loughborough, I imagine the UK taxpayer is paying for Bogin’s brainfart?

  7. allthegoodnamesaretaken

    Most academics are out of touch with the real world and have little useful to say about it.

    (This view, of course, is not conventional among academics, most of whom fancy themselves as possessing deep insight into, and special knowledge of, the workings of the economy and society. In addition to these absurd fancies, most academics also believe – even more absurdly – that they are of nobler and purer character than are the icky likes of entrepreneurs, investors, and other profit-seeking business people – people who are actually willing and able to be productive in ways judged as such by real-world consumers; ways that not one academic in 500 could possibly pull off. Academics, in general, – and like politicians – ought not be taken seriously. A shockingly large number of them are ignorant and officious fools.)

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