South Korea may be drowning in a demographic crisis, with low birth rates and an ageing population, but they are benefiting from an incredible physiological boom.
A government survey shows that the average Korean is two inches taller than in 1979.
Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo is trumpeting their growth with two revealing headlines:
- Physiological Changes Bring Koreans Closer to West
- How Bigger Korean Athletes Challenge the World
Physiological growth, attributed to better health and nutrition, suggests why Koreans are good at figure skating, according to Chosun Ilbo.
It also suggests the only way Korea, like Japan, can stave off the surging economy of China.
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