Eat your veggies
From The Height Gap: Why Europeans are getting taller and taller—and Americans aren’t, in The New Yorker:
Steckel has found that Americans lose the most height to Northern Europeans in infancy and adolescence, which implicates pre- and post-natal care and teen-age eating habits. “If these snack foods are crowding out fruits and vegetables, then we may not be getting the micronutrients we need,”
Also from the New Yorker, Gals! Are You Entering Your “Goddess” Years?, a cartoon by Roz Chast, “”A five question quiz. Do bright-colored tunics and big, bold jewelry suddenly appeal? Are you starting to carry an eccentric tote bag? What’s with the hair? Have you gotten heavily into herbal tea, especially the “soothing” varieties? How about aromatherapy? Magic crystals? Yoga? Have your house and garden become extremely important to you lately? Like millions of times more than before? Has it just struck you that you absolutely need to make Some Serious Changes in Your Life Style? And, has your husband recently purchased an expensive sports car?”
Hm. That house & garden question hit home.