How humans have changed in height in the last 100 years

This map shows the distribution of the world's height, according to research published in eLife.

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  • Human height has changed unevenly through last century, research finds
  • Simple height measurement can indicate several things about human health

(CNN)On average, we're taller than our predecessors thanks to better nutrition and health, according to new research released Tuesday .

But those gains vary vastly by country.
    "Over the past century adult height has changed substantially and unevenly in the world's countries, according to research published in the journal eLife.