Reventropy Associates and its Research
Reventropy Associates was established in 1993 to focus on the ramifications of a world population that is constantly increasing in height and body weight. While many researchers have delved into specific areas of human height and growth, none has been devoted to the systematic evaluation of this critical area of human civilization.
Tom Samaras founded Reventropy Associates and has worked with Harold Elrick, MD, Lowell H. Storms, PhD and Jonn Desnoes, MD, PhD, OMD to provide critical analyses of the various impacts of larger body size on our society and the earth. He has focused on how our society promotes larger human size through nutritional and health systems. Tom and his associates have examined the impact of maternal and child nutrition, birth weight, rapid growth, early sexual maturation and attaining maximum height on long-term health and longevity. The findings of his research have been published in numerous papers world wide and seven books. Two books are shown below:
"The Truth about Your Height" is now available on Amazon's Kindle, 2014
The first study to evaluate a broad range of research on human body size reports that both shorter height and smaller body size promote slower aging and greater longevity. The study was published in the Journal of Scientific Research and Reports. The author reviews eight different types of research that show shorter height or smaller size provides a longevity advantage. It also describes why women live longer than men. The article is entitled: Evidence From Eight Different Types of Studies Showing that Smaller Body Size is Related to Greater Longevity. (see mini review)
Samaras’s paper is consistent with Professor Bartke’s observations in the journal, Gerontology, that there is considerable evidence supporting the concept that smaller body size is healthier. Bartke is Director of Southern Illinois University Aging & Longevity Research Laboratory. The new paper also supports many previous studies, including a 2014 paper from Hawaii that found shorter men live longer. The paper was written by He, Morris, Grove and others and was published in May in PLOS One. It tracked 8000 men for over 40 years.
Observations on Body Size by Other Scientists
Observations by various scientists on human height or body size are given below. Only a few are presented out of a list of 119 similar comments.
“...the smaller the mean height at age 18 in a province, the higher the chance for people living there to reach high chronological ages.” My note: based on about 1.3 million deaths.
Source: Holzenberger et al. Decelerated growth and longevity in men. Arch Gerontol Geriatr 1991, 13, 89-101
“It seems that being bigger, and presumably better, comes with very high costs.” [The costs he is referring to are higher levels of cancer and heart disease.]
Source: p. 102 Campbell & Campbell. The China Study. 2006, Benbella, Texas.
“Smaller individuals of the same species, including humans, also tend to live longer.” p.572
Source: de Magalhaes JP and Faragher RGA. Cell divisions and mammalian aging: integrative biology insights from genes that regulate longevity. BioEssays 2008, 30, 567-578.