This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

Why Americans are so big

If you have ever read about the impression that we Americans made in Europe during World War II, you know that the Europeans were amazed by our size. We were much bigger than our European cousins. And I don't mean big and fat, I mean big. American men were taller, more muscular, more robust. I'm sure that the Europeans wondered if it was something in the water back in America. It was. And the food. And the medical care. Starting in the early twentieth century, America led the way in terms of clean water, healthy food, and great medical care. We still do.

There is no one alive today in America who remembers the deplorable condition of food and water before the twentieth century. But the introduction of so much new technology made for much healthier babies, children, and ultimately adults. By the time the Europeans got to see us up close and personal in the 1940s, we were virtually a race of supermen. And Americans just keep getting bigger with every generation. As humans we are fulfilling our potential, which is done with clean water and safe food.

At the risk of getting a little too personal, when was the last time you had food poisoning? Maybe you have had a few times in your life, but that would be pretty rare compared to what life was like before the twentieth century. There was no assurance that what you ate wasn't going to kill you, or make you deathly ill. There were no food preservatives, except maybe salt. There was no refrigeration. Childhood diseases that didn't kill you often left you affected for life.

This is a good time to be alive, and the future looks even brighter. If you don't believe me, take a look back.

Photo - American Marines during WWII. That's my dad on the left.
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