Here are 2 body parts that get fatter with age, according to a study

There is enough scientific data to back up the common belief that our ears and noses tend to get bigger as we age.

Anecdotally, older people, particularly men, have been seen to have ears larger than the average person. It seems that the older you get, the bigger these two body parts get. Scientists say the average person stops growing in their early twenties, so what accounts for the increase in ear and nose size?

Are they really growing?

Although the human skeleton stops growing after the age of 20, skin, cartilage and muscle continue to change with age. The tissues connecting skin to cartilage – a flexible tissue that is harder than skin, but softer than bone – weakens over time, reducing the level of support it provides to the skin. This causes your skin to lose elasticity, which results in saggy skin. The change in shape or size of the ear and nose results from the loose or saggy skin on a weaker cartilaginous framework.

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If you pay attention, you may find that the rest of your face changes in ways that your more prominent nose and ear. For example, if your cheeks and lips seem thinner, your nose may appear larger in comparison. In addition, the earlobes sag, a phenomenon that can be accentuated by heavy earrings.

Longer ears, longer life

A study in 1993 by a British GP and a team of scientists, measured the ears of a randomly selected group of 206 of their patients aged over 30 and calculated that ears have grown an average of 0.22 mm per year – one centimeter over 50 years old. According to the researchers:

A serendipitous observation – that older people have bigger ears – was at first controversial, but turned out to be true.

It might interest you to know that in the Chinese art of physiognomy, a long held belief is that long ears predict longevity.

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