Official figures from Taiwan and Japan show that Taiwanese men are on average slightly taller than Japanese men. But a recent study out of Japan that looked at “tweens” – boys about to become teenagers – found that Japanese were taller than their Taiwanese counterparts.
A recent study in Japan found that Taiwanese boys between the ages of 11 and 13 are shorter than Japanese boys of the same age. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare says 13-year old Taiwanese boys are an average of 158 cm tall. That’s two centimeters shorter than the Japanese boys in the survey.
However, Taiwan Adventist Hospital’s Dr. Lin Yi-hsin says that boys between 11 and 13 have not yet reached puberty. If anything, he says, we should be comparing the heights of adults over the age of 18, who have stopped growing.
Doctors say that if you want to ensure healthy growth, you’ll want to avoid drinks with added sugar. Studies show that a 350ml sugary beverage can stop the secretion of growth hormones for two hours.