Association Between Height and Suicide

OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have found associations between poor fetal and infant growth and the risk of suicide. The authors’ goal was to investigate the association between height—a measure of childhood growth—and suicide risk.

METHOD: The authors conducted a record linkage study of the birth, conscription, mortality, family, and census register data of 1,299,177 Swedish men followed from age 18 to a maximum of age 49.

RESULTS: There were 3,075 suicides over an average follow-up period of 15 years. There was a strong inverse association between height and suicide risk. In fully adjusted models, a 5-cm increase in height was associated with a 9% decrease in suicide risk.

CONCLUSIONS: The strong inverse association between height and suicide may signify the importance of childhood exposure in the etiology of adult mental disorder or reflect stigmatization or discrimination encountered by short men in their adult lives.

Watch some goof spin this into, "short men are just innately depressed and insecure, so they kill themselves. See? That's why tall men are better!"

I for one lean towards the "discrimination causes suicide" theory, because that's obvious.

P.S. Yeah, this study is about a correlation, not a definitive cause. Don't worry, I know. Very strong percentages though. Researchers also ruled out factors such as socioeconomic status, psychiatric diagnoses, etc. More here:

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  1. I had a roommate whose brother was a Colorado State Trooper. My roommate told me a story about his brother arriving at an apartment. There was a report of a shooting there. When the trooper entered the apartment, there was a man barely alive. He was a short man. He tried to kill himself by using a shotgun. He placed the muzzle in his mouth, but his arm was not long enough to reach the trigger. He had to turn his head to reach the trigger and blew off only part of his head. The man begged the trooper to shoot and kill him.