Recently, my girls and I made a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, where we visited the home of Laura Secord. There was a particularly well-researched historian there, named Kyle Messiana, who gave us an incredibly informative and interesting tour of Laura’s homestead. Kyle talked about the myth of our ancestors being smaller than us and was well aware of the role that nutrition played in the determination of the size of some of our ancestors. He was kind enough to share the following information with me.
There is a persistent myth that people used to be shorter centuries ago than they are today. Do the smaller beds back then prove that people were indeed smaller? Actually no. Because beds back then had tall headboards and are often displayed in large rooms with high ceilings; optical illusion makes them appear shorter than modern day beds.