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Dutch men and Latvian women are the planet's tallest people but Iranian men and South Korean women have grown the fastest in the last century, according to the largest-ever study of height around the world. Americans, once among the world's tallest people, have dropped from having men and women at third and fourth in the global height rankings a 100 years earlier, to placing 37th and 42nd respectively in 2014 .The height of men and women in Britain has increased by around 11 cm over the past century, while the height of U.S. men and women has risen by 6 cm and 5 cm.r Dutch men are the tallest, with an average height of 182.5 cm.r The difference between the tallest and shortest countries in 2014 was about 23 cm for men – an increase of 4 cm on the height gap in 1914 .
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