For most of the 18th century, the Dutch use to be among Europe’s shortest people. Records show that in the 1850’s their height on average was under 5.5 feet. Less than the Americans, Germans, Swedes and Danish at the time. They say the reason why is because their health, economic and environment were so poor. At the beginning of the 20th century they started an economic incline. With this economic incline everything else started to incline as well. With this people could buy food to better their nutrition to not get as sick. With a better nutrition people started to grow. They the kept growing until the end of the 20th century. Each generation was taller than the last which has made them so tall today.