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.