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Offline thaiga

Ministry wants to make Thais taller
« on: June 02, 2013, 12:25:19 PM »
The Public Health Ministry aims to boost Thai youths' average height to 175cm for males and 162cm for females in 10 years and also lengthen the average life span to 80 years through a campaign to drink milk every day.

Saying that Thais drank only 14 litres of milk per head per year, compared to the Southeast Asia average of 60 litres and the world rate of 103.9 litres per year, Deputy Public Health Minister Cholanan Srikaew yesterday said Thai youths aged 18 were hence rather short with the average height of males at 167.1cm and females at 157.4cm.

Cholanan made his comments on the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation's World Milk Day yesterday. He said Thais of all age should be urged to drink milk. Starting with the ministry's campaign to get 60 per cent of newborns (or 800,000 newborns) breastfed for at least six months after birth, then be fed with breast milk along with nutrient food until the age of 2, he said other Thai age groups should also be encouraged to drink cow milk.

Health Department chief Jessada Chokdamrongsuk suggested that pre-school kids drink 2-3 glasses of milk, schooling kids drink two glasses of milk and adults drink one glass of low-fat milk after meals on a daily basis. Pregnant women or breast-feeding mothers should drink two glasses of milk. Those with stomach problems after drinking milk should start with small amounts and slowly increase the intake to let the body adjust, he added.

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Re: Ministry wants to make Thais taller
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2013, 12:28:09 PM »
I can just see the locals here spending the morning's wages on milk for the family.
 

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Re: Ministry wants to make Thais taller
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2013, 01:20:02 PM »

If it catches on we might even get a milkman :lol
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Re: Ministry wants to make Thais taller
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2013, 02:20:10 PM »
When you lie down everyone is the same height.  :)
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Ministry wants to make Thais taller
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2013, 05:42:10 PM »


A majority of your height will be predetermined by genetics.

Scientists reckon that 60% to 80% of your height is determined by genes. I dont mean levi's :evilgrin
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Re: Ministry wants to make Thais taller
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2013, 07:54:46 PM »
The milk marketing companies have been working overtime in Thailand and other SE Asian countries!  Up to  90% of Thais and east Asians are, to some extent, lactose intolerant and unable to process milk products effectively.  This is simply due to a genetic lack of an enzyme called lactase, which is produced by cells in the lining of the small intestine.  By contrast, only around 5% of people of northern European descent suffer from lactose intolerance.  The prevalence of lactose intolerance is lowest in populations with a long history of dependence on unfermented milk products as an important food source.

(ref:  http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/lactose-intolerance)

However, people of African descent also suffer from high levels of lactose intolerance and yet have no equivalent lack of height to the Thais...so I would suggest that lack of milk is not the cause and certainly not the cure.  All this would achieve is an increase in the amount of diarrhea and the size (width-ways) of the population.  But of course, the milk companies will not be pointing this out will they?!!!
 

 



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