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A 40-year-old member asked:

in what way can i deal with my short stature?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
If self-esteem is an: issue for you, seek counseling from a qualified mental health professional. If you're concerned that you may have a heretofore undiagnosed underlying genetic or other medical cause of short stature, your primary physician can do a history, physical & lab studies to determine if you'll benefit from genetic, endocrinological &/or orthopedic evaluations.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

I wear size 13 shoes; they look far too big for my small stature. Will I be ok?

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Dr. Steven Frydman
Podiatry 47 years experience
Yes: And it should be no problem.
A 29-year-old member asked:

When are you officially considered a "dwarf"?

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
Pediatric Endocrinology 42 years experience
Societal definition: Dwarf in medicine is considered a politically incorrect term, in terms of definition it use to define short people who are proportionate ( meaning the limbs and main body are in adequate proportions). If you want a strct definition it would be somebody who is less that 4 stard deviation for the population for a given sex.
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What's the difference between a dwarf and a midget?

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Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
See below: Dwarf is a general term of short stature below 4 1/2 ft (135 cm). Those who have normal body proportions are often called midgets.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can normal sized people have a dwarf?

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
Pediatric Endocrinology 42 years experience
Yes: Dwarf is a term we do not use in medicine anymore because of its despective use outside of medicine, but it was used to describe proportionate short people( mainly pepople with growth hormone deficiency). Growth hormone deficiency can be hereditary bu it can also happen in a spontaneous mutation (no parent or family history).
A 39-year-old member asked:

What height are a medically considered a little person?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Short stature : Usually defined by adult heights of < 60" in a female and < 65" in a male.

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