However, no one seemed totally happy with their partner’s actual height.Men were most satisfied with women shorter than their male partners (about 8 in.).
Third, and most importantly from a scientific perspective, we simply don’t have the experimental cause-and-effect data to back up the idea that social attitudes and not the caveman explanation are behind any particular set of mating advantages being conferred to taller men.
Their reasons for changing their children’s heights probably vary all over the place, but a main motivation, we might imagine, is to help their children fit in better among their peers and, ultimately, have better luck in the dating and mating department.
Such treatments can involve considerable risk, expense, and subsequent resentment from their height-manipulated offspring.
We tend to think that we’re stuck with the height our genes and environments jointly determine.
However, some parents seek to take matters into their own hands by giving their too-short or too-tall children hormonal treatments during the years of active growth.