There’s a reason ‘tall, dark and handsome’ became the cliche.
That’s because tall men are virile, broad shouldered and capable of hunting a woolly mammoth with a greater degree of accuracy, efficiency and success than, say, Danny de Vito. Or at least that’s how things used to be. Women, it turns out, are still searching for that hint of the ‘provider’. That means a taller man.
It’s an evolutionary hang-up. Of course a tall man today might better apply his genetic gifts to reaching high into the pantry to retrieve a seldom-used can of kidney beans than actual hunting, but there is something irresistibly attractive about it nonetheless.
Or at least, so says science.
Here’s what we know.
Tall men are more likely to get laid (and thus have children).
Men are more attracted to shorter than average women.
A survey of the top 500 CEOs in America a few years ago found they were, on average, three inches (7.6cm) taller than the average American man. Almost a third of them were taller than just three per cent of all Americans.