CCHS faculty talks ‘evolution’ of football players to The Tuscaloosa News

John Higginbotham, PhD, MPH, director of the Institute of Rural Health Research at the College of Community Health Sciences, recently offered his expertise in a Tuscaloosa News article that examined the overall increase in size of the average offensive lineman that noted the 3-inch and 88-pound difference between Alabama’s starting offensive line now and 40 years ago. 

"Evolution of Offensive Lineman" graphic by Anthony Britina | The Tuscaloosa News

“Evolution of Offensive Lineman” graphic by Anthony Britina | The Tuscaloosa News

The article focused on research conducted by Nobel Prize winner Robert Fogel over the course of three decades that determined that the average height of men born in the United States rose four inches from 1890 to 1980. Fogel attributed some of the changes to advances in technology in nutrition and public health, an area in which Higginbotham offered comment.

“From 1990 through 2010, the United States as a whole just saw dramatic increases,” Higginbotham said in the article. “What we’ve seen since 1990 is that we’ve had a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States, the getting bigger stuff.”

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