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If you’ve ever wished you could be taller, thank your ancestors, because people with shorter body types tend to live longer, according to a 2002 study. They also suffer from chronic illness much later in life than taller people. Researchers observed people living in Greece, China, Japan, Europe and North America for quarter of a century. They found the Greeks, Chinese and Japanese, who were shorter and weighed less, lived longer.