Here is something that I observed across a population of male and female regarding height.
It seems that taller people tend to look much older their actual age. During my BMT days, all the sergeants and officers (6 feet and above) generally look like uncles even though they are at most 2 years older than me. On the other hand, those of average height or shorter look more like their actual age, if not younger. I had initially thought that the stress from command school made them look more “cao lao”, but no, even for the shorter commanders, they look pretty young instead.
As for ladies, when I was using the dating app few years back, I was shocked when I saw girls (170cm+) who claimed that they were in their mid 20s, but they look very much similar to 40+ age aunties with children, feature wise. Could that be the reason why they had to use dating apps, because their age is likely to be misunderstood?
People often claimed that it is good to look as tall as possible. Owing to these observations, I feel that being short or average has its perks too. For example, I have a 30 yrs old friend who is around 165cm but he looks legit young. In fact, there was once he told the barber that he is a lower secondary school kid and the barber actually believed him, giving him a cheaper haircut.
Heck, even when he goes clubbing, he is able to attract the early 20 XMMs by tellling them he is in his early twenties. Being much taller, I had a harder time attracting XMMs since I look more like a married uncle trying to commit adultery.
Also, there are some claims (journals??) that shorter people have a longer life expectancy. Is that the reason why we are not seeing many elderly uncles who are 180cm plus? Most of these old men today are 170cm plus or below. Of course there are exceptions but they are mostly outliers who have access to better quality of life.
Now I really worry because I am freaking tall…. ladies tend to think that I am married when I am not and I am only 30 years old but look 40ish to other people. How now??