For the past 30 years, Thomas T. Samaras and his associates Dr. Elrick and Dr. Storms have published papers in scientific and medical journals on the positive aspects of shorter height and smaller body size. Mr. Samaras is the Director and Senior Researcher at Reventropy Associates in San Diego, California. These have included papers in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Journal of the National Medical Association, Life Sciences, Western Journal of Medicine, Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, Acta Pediatrica and Ageing Research Reviews. Thomas Samaras' most recent book is:

Human Body Size and the Laws of Scaling:
Physiological, Performance, Growth, Longevity and Ecological Ramifications

Hardcover - 381 pages
(1 January 2007)

This page presents a summary of their findings.

See also the related Blogs: Ramifications of increasing body size and Why smaller humans are in our future.

For additional information, please contact Tom Samaras at


  1. Samaras TT. A new study of Sardinian men finds height is a factor in longevity. May 2012
  2. Samaras TT. Commentary. Human growth, height, size. Reasons to be small. World Public Health Nutrition Association, Volume 2, Number 3, March 2011
  3. Samaras TT. Ramifications of increasing birth weight, accelerated growth and greater height on health, the obesity epidemic, and longevity. Journal of Chinese Clinical Medicine, Volume 5, Number 8, August 2010
  4. Samaras TT. Role of height in cancer and cardiovascular disease. Journal of Chinese Clinical Medicine, Volume 5, Number 2, February 2010
  5. Samaras TT. Are 20th-century recommendations for growth and height correct? A review. S. Afr J Clin Nutr, 2009;22(4):171-176
  6. Samaras TT. We are too tall. Public Health Nutrition. March 2009, 12: 439-440.
  7. Samaras TT, Should we be concerned over increasing body height and weight? Experimental Gerontology, Volume 44, January/February 2009, 05310-5565
  8. Samaras TT, Desnoes J. Increasing human body size and its physical and environmental ramifications. Townsend Letters, Feb/Mar 2008, pp 100-122
  9. Samaras TT. Longevity in specific populations. In: Kris Haggenhougen and Stella Quah, editors: International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Vol 4, San Diego: Academic Press: 2008, pp. 142-147.
  10. Samaras TT, Elrick H, Storms LH. Is short height really a risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke mortality? a review. Medical Science Monitor 2004; 10: RA63-76.
  11. Samaras TT, Elrick H., Storms LH. Is height related to longevity? Life Sciences 2003; 72: 1781-1802.
  12. Samaras TT, Elrick H, Storms LH. Birthweight, rapid growth, cancer, and longevity: a review. Journal of the National Medical Association 2003; 95: 1170-1183.
  13. Elrick H, Samaras TT, Demas A. Missing links in the obesity epidemic. Nutrition Research 2002; 22:1101-1123.
  14. Samaras TT, Elrick H,Storms LH. Height, health and growth hormone. Acta Paediatrica 1999; 88: 602-9.
  15. Samaras TT, Storms LH. Secular growth and its harmful ramifications. Medical Hypotheses 2002; 58: 93-112.
  16. Samaras TT, Elrick H. Height, body size, and longevity: is smaller better for the human body? Western Journal of Medicine 2002; 176: 206-208.
  17. Samaras TT and Elrick H. Less is better. Journal of the National Medical Association 2002; 94: 88-99.
  18. Samaras TT, Storms LH, Elrick H. Longevity, mortality and body weight. Ageing Research Reviews 2002; 1: 673-691.
  19. Samaras TT and Elrick H. Height, body size and longevity. Acta Medica Okayama 1999; 53: 149-169.
  20. Samaras TT, Elrick H, and Storms LH. Is attainment of greater height and body size really desirable? (Guest Editorial) Journal of the National Medical Association 1999; 91: 317-321.
  21. Samaras TT. Bigger people are becoming a growing problem. Earth Island Journal 1997; 13: 22.
  22. Samaras TT. Why the future belongs to smaller sized humans. In FutureVision: ideas, insights, and strategies, Didsbury HF (ed). World Future Society, Bethesda, Maryland, 1996, pp 245-257.
  23. Samaras TT. How body height and weight affect our performance, longevity and survival. Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 1996; 84: 131-156.
  24. Samaras TT and Heigh G H. How human size affects longevity and mortality from degenerative diseases. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients. Oct 1996. 159: 78-85, 133-139.
  25. Samaras TT. The Truth About Your Height. Exploring the myths and realities of human size and its effects on performance, health, pollution, and survival. 1994. Book available from
  26. Samaras TT. Lets get small. Harper's. 1995. 289: 32-34
  27. Samaras TT, Storms LH. Impact of height and weight on life span. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 1992; 70: 259-267.
  28. Samaras TT. Short People. Science Digest 1978; 84: 76-78.
  29. Samaras TT. The stature factor--how important is human size in the energy, pollution and economic picture? Electric Perspectives (Edison Electric Co) 1978/6 9-16.
  30. Samaras TT. The law of entropy and the aging process. Human Development 1974; 17: 314-320.