This section lists health related topics facing short people.
Many short people would prefer to be taller but there are no easy medical options.
Parents may decide to give their
children human growth hormones. By the time the individual is old enough to make his or her
own medical decisions, the available options become much more risky and costly.
Children who are shorter than their peers face significant challenges.
They may often be teased and bullied.
They may deal with their frustration by becoming depressed, anxious, angry, or aggressive.
Parents need to be aware of these challenges so they can help their children become
happy and productive. This section describes some of the causes and treatments for
short stature in children.
Cosmetic Leg Lengthening
Leg Lengthening is a complex process that has traditionally been used only when one leg is
significantly shorter than the other. During the past decade, the procedure has
also been used to
give short people two or three extra inches of height. This section describes the
basic procedure, new developments that are available, and provides a list facilities where
it is performed.
An extensive discussion of dwarfism is outside the scope of this Web site. There are many excellent
sites that address this medical condition which we list.
Scam Height Increase
Many companies now sell products that claim to promote height increase in adolescents and adults.
Each companies Web site gives hints about revolutionary
new techniques but to get beyond the hype, you must invest in a book, seminar,
lotion or supplement. We believe that ALL of these products are scams. This section describes
the types of products available, gives advice on filing complaints, a comprehensive list of companies that sell these kinds of products (so you can stay away from them),
and finally a list of informational Web sites.