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Tall ǀ Dutch ǀ Cheese


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This morning, this article got my attention on Twitter: http://www.macleans.ca/society/life/tiny-country-big-people-why-the-dutch-tower-over-us-all/.

I already very briefly (as you do on Twitter) responded on it then, but I kept thinking of it. 


There seems to have been a lot to do about the Dutch being tall lately. I mean, I know we are ‘famous’ for our height, but I feel there has been more attention for ‘us’ Tall Dutchies in the last few months. Or maybe it is selective perception as I have only recently started this blog and am more involved in the ‘tall community’ as I was before.

Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to think of the article: first of all, tall people in general do not like to be referred to as ‘big’, as we not necessarily are. When talking about height, please call us ‘tall’ (that also goes for you, Dutch people who seem to confuse these words very often!).

Then, Dutch people are generalized and compared to cheese: we are either short, red-faced, fat ones called ‘Edam’ or tall, thin, pale ones, called ‘Gouda’. That’s a bit too black and white for my liking; there is more to us than cheese (or clogs), we have people of all shapes and sizes in our tiny yet divers country.

I can’t argue with the fact that tall people have more children on average, if research suggests so. Yet, this article only mentions tall people being partners with other tall people, and being tall myself, I know for a fact that tall people are not necessarily attracted to tall people only.

So what happens if ‘other’ combinations than Gouda and Gouda breed? My parents are Gouda and Edam according to this article, my mum being ‘Edam’ (short, yet not fat, nor does she have a red face) and my dad being ‘Gouda’ (tall, thin, but not particular pale). They definitely got two ‘Goudas’ as my brother and I both are tall and (rather) thin.

Enough of this cheese analogy now; if Tall Male X Short Female produces Tall Males AND Tall Females, does this mean the tall gene is overruling the short gene, so is the tall gene a strong gene? My grandmother from my father’s side was slightly taller than my grandfather as well, and together, they produced 3 very Tall Males, and 3 slightly-taller-than-average-but-not-extremely-tall-Females. My cousins from this side of the family are all quite tall too though, so it looks like the Female Tall gene skipped a generation.



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    22 May 2015 at 08:03

    Very interesting! My husband and I are both tall, however most of the people in our respective families are shorties. Our daughters are only 2 & 3 so only time will tell which genes they have!

    I was in NL only briefly and was struck by how tall and good looking most people were! Be proud!

    Allison @ http://www.thetallmamastyle.blogspot.com

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    Tall Wife
    22 May 2015 at 08:54

    Hi Allison,

    Interesting that you and your husband are both tall, yet your families are short! I guess your girls will be tall as well then, when they are finished growing. 🙂 Sounds like you will be able to make them very nice clothing when that time comes…


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    25 May 2015 at 11:43

    Brilliant post. Both my parents and I are what you might call Gouda (tall and slim) but my sister missed out on the tall genes. She ended up with a petite frame and a very average height of 5’7″.

    All I can think about eating now though is Gouda cheese… would love to visit the Netherlands one day.
    Sara xx

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    Tall Wife
    25 May 2015 at 12:07

    Hi Sara,

    That is interesting, that your sister is average height with 2 tall parents!

    I hope you get to see NL at some point; you will feel right at home between loads of tall people (yet people will still comment on tall girls…;))


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