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Larger bodies retain more heat - heat production is proportional to body mass and heat loss proportional to skin surface. Volume to surface ratio favours large bodies in cold climates.

But you misunderstand my claim anyway. The claim is that among a ethnically homogeneous group of Swedes living in Sweden, those in relative poverty would grow to be shorter, on average, than wealthier ones.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 3rd, 2010 at 06:21:09 AM EST
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I understand what you mean...in scientific sense...
But I am not so sure the theory is relevant in this sense.
Here where I live - tropical QLD, people are also getting fat...even Asians that are not genetically predisposed...so I am sure it's about food.


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Mar 3rd, 2010 at 06:41:51 AM EST
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