MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) today urged Filipinos to avoid eating rice or corn if they want to grow taller.
The DOH statement came in the wake of a study published in the journal eLife showing that Filipinos are among the shortest people in the world.
The 100-year-long study, titled “A Century of Trends in Adult Human Height,” was conducted by a team of almost 800 scientists in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).
The study showed that Filipino women born in 1896 had an average height of 147.9 centimeters (58.2 inches), ranking 164th out of 200 nationalities. In 1996, the ranking of Filipino women dropped to 199th spot despite the slight increase in average height to 149.6 centimeters (58.8 inches).
Filipino men, on the other hand ranked 195th and 192nd in 1896 and 1996, respectively.
Other unrelated studies have shown that the consumption of carbohydrates like rice and corn can impair human growth. Rice is the main staple in the Philippines. Corn (grits) is the staple of choice in many areas in the central and southern parts of the country.
DOH especially advised Filipino women who dream of someday becoming a beauty queen (where height is of great advantage) to exclude rice or corn in their diet.
The National Food Authority (NFA), the government agency tasked with ensuring ample rice and corn supply in the country, welcomed DOH’s statement. “It will eliminate costly rice and corn importation especially during shortages caused by natural calamities,” an NFA official told The Adobo Chronicles.