Good Things Come in Small Packages
by Ashley Factor
June 2005

In today’s society there are many who believe that being tall allows a person to be more respected and prone to better advantages. However, there are actually quiet a few good things about being short as apposed to being tall. For instance, short stature enables one to squeeze through large crowds, get into places at kids prices, and have less headaches due to the fact of not bumping ones head on everything. All jokes aside, being short is not the crutch everyone makes it out to be, but rather a blessing.

There are advantages to being short that are quiet simply over looked by most people. Consider being in a small place with not a lot of room, such as the back seat of a car. Now, any person after a good while would be dieing to stretch their legs. However, a person of short stature would be able to stretch their legs in these small places and be over all more comfortable. An advantage as simple as this would definitely be envied by anyone in that situation.

So is an example like this the extent of the benefits of being short? Definitely not! There are physical and medical advantages that still have to be taken into account. Of the physical advantages, shorter people have faster reaction times, greater endurance, and greater ability to accelerate body movements. These physical attributes allow short people to excel as gymnasts, skiers, martial artists, rock climbers, and figure skaters along with several other sports. As for the medical advantages, shorter people are less likely to require surgery for herniated spinal disks, have lower cardiovascular disease, and have a fewer chances of contracting cancer. This does not mean short people are immune to death, but only proves that their chances of living longer are greater.

The Bulletin of the World Health Organization printed an article illustrating the greater longevity of shorter people. Since then they have come out with substantial findings that prove shorter people live longer. The reason behind this is that larger bodies require a huge number of duplications of cells to reach maturity. After this their bodies have fewer potential cell doublings to replace defective ones. Therefore, the functional capability of vital organs decreases with aging because the damaged cells can not be replaced.

The height of a person is not necessarily one of their “short comings”. The quote, “Attitude determines altitude,” (Unknown) is a positive way of looking at being short. When looked at from this perspective, being short can truly be a blessing. Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

I hope you enjoyed my essay.