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The findings of a very interesting study were published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) in 1994. The study compared the heights and weights of white British children, black afr0-carribean children, Pakistani Muslim children, Bangladeshi Muslim children, Hindu children and Sikh children. The heights and weights of each were recorded at birth, year 1, year 2 and year 5. In terms of weights, although white children were heaviest at birth it was Sikh infants who had the most spectacular gain in body weight. The Hindu children had by far the worst gain. By the ge of 5 the Sikh children were the heaviest of all the groups and the Hindus the lightest. But...the really interesting feature of this study is the height of Sikh children. At every stage of the study, the Sikh children (boys and girls) were easily the tallest of all, Taller than the white, black, Muslim and Hindu children. At every stage of the study the Hindus were the smallest of all. The study found that Sikh children were so much taller than all the others at the age of 5 that Sikh boys were a full 3cms taller than the second tallest group (white Europeans) and the Sikh girls were 1.5 cms taller than white European girls. At every stage of the study, the Hindus were the shortest. Very interesting stuff. http://adc.bmj.com/content/71/3/207.full.pdf