Being short a disability, hmmmm...It sucks sometimes to be short but no way a disability. I'm 4'10 last time I checked. Due to back problems I'm prob 4'9 or even 4'8 I refuse to check and prob need to have a car seat when I drive, ROFL !!! But whose telling who and what. Anyhow, Dwarfism might be a disability but just because people are shy from being 5 ft. I don't feel that's a disability at all. I climb on top of things, get chairs, and stoop ladders, call someone, I'm not afraid to climb the shelfs at Walmart, etc... if anything thats not being disabled thats being an adventurer, scavenger, a strong and willed person, So how is that a disability. And if there weren't short people, the stoop ladders and small step companies would go out of business. They can all bite my tiny shoes. LOL
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Fitness Minutes: (8,689) Posts: 1,987 4/6/14 12:40 P
Disability no way - that is why they make stepstools and ladders. As a 13 year old in Washington DC and only 4'4" (I am now 4'10") or so I learned to follow the tallest person down the street to help me navigate the crowds during the Christmas shopping rush on F Street in downtown DC. I still remember the man was wearing a black overcoat and a black Fedora hat. When I got near the corner where I was going I turned back to look at him. I still remember his face and the fact that he was wearing a Roman collar signifying that he was a priest or minister.
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Fitness Minutes: (33,785) Posts: 6,691 1/5/14 6:55 P
I personally don't pay any attention to what society or the latest opinions say. I'm 5'0 and I don't consider myself disabled and that's all there is to it as far as I'm concerned. My size has been a definite advantage at times, and while there are times I wish I was a bit taller (like when trying to reach items on the upper shelves at stores), I manage just fine and find ways to deal with those situations. It's just a case of mind over matter - if you don't mind, it (what others think or say) doesn't matter. Saying short people are disabled is just nonsense and not worth giving a second thought to.
Thank you all of you for your opinions on this thread!
Afterthought... we are all beautiful ladies from the inside out no matter what size or shape we are. All shorter women are unique individuals with such creative talents... I mean look at all those successful shorter celebrities out there! In sports, art, music, acting, theater etc...
I like who I am and what I look like. And that's good enough for me. And the next time I come across something like that, I'll just laugh with the other silly things that get said.
I'm just barely 5'1 and I love my height. I am small and able to get into spaces that most others can't. It helps for my job :)
In reality, yes, being under 5' you are considered disabled. You can get the tag for your car and everything. I worked with a girl years ago that was 4'10 and that's how I found that one out. So it's not that whoever wrote what you were reading was downing on us short females it just happens to be the truth according to our government.
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Fitness Minutes: (24,642) Posts: 124 12/24/13 12:06 A
Wow. This is hilarious. I live in singapore, and quite a few girls here are (or below) 5'. They seem to manage just fine. My mom's 4' 10". She manages fine. Maybe it's a bit easier here coz everybody's short. But I know quite a few people below 5' living in Australia. They manage fine.
Oh Good Grief. Really? I'm trying to figure out why anyone would bother and I think maybe they are trying to address Dwarfism without saying so. Of course dwarfism is more than just being short. It is a medical condition caused by abnormal growth.
I'm just trying to make sense out of an otherwise ridiculous statement. Maybe this is the result of a "slow news day". The press do get a bit silly when they don't have enough content to keep posting all the time.
Edited by: ELIVINGSTONTX at: 12/5/2013 (16:59)
Elizabeth Starting Weight June 2012- 198 Current Weight 145.4
My mother was only 4'8" and I always felt like a giant next to her at 5'1". My dad was only 5'6" so none of us kids were ever going to be tall but I have a sister at 5'8" who hated being tall when we were younger. I've always loved my size. My feet hit the floor, my head is held high. I am just the right size.
This year is all about me and my quest to unload this extra person I have been hauling around.
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Fitness Minutes: (12,860) Posts: 705 12/2/13 2:06 P
I do not think being short is a disability. I am only 5'1. I may have to climb things often, or get people to help with higher objects, but we find a way to make it work.
I think short people are more creative at getting things, or use more energy to get things. When I cook, I do not have a very big kitchen and I use up all the space. I stand there and will jump up and down until I finally grab the thing I am trying for (I do not do this for breakable things). Or I will climb on the countertops to get things down. Just the act of getting something off of a high shelf is almost exercise for me.
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Fitness Minutes: (9,922) Posts: 1,577 11/29/13 11:07 P
My cousin and I are both short, her DH is over 6ft. I was over there helping fix dinner once and got something out of an overhead cabnet soon I felt someone behind me closing the cabnet it was her DH. I told him I was sorry but being above my head I forget to close them sometimes. He said "I under stand since your cousin doe the same thing just look at the scars on my forehead" I don't think of myself as disabled just veritcally challenged either that or my arms are too short and that my legs don't go all the way up.
Edited by: BONBON561 at: 11/30/2013 (13:59)
Bonnie from KY aka Scout Cadet Berry or the Pathfinder Dawn Patrol (psc) Eastern Standard time
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Being short is not a disability, you just find different ways to do things. I have a long pair of tongs to grasp lighter things high, and then there's always the chair I stand on. If I'm in a store and I can't reach something on a top self I ask for help and I never was turned down. You are right someone is looking for something for nothing. Articles about being a disability for being short does a disservice to all vertically challenged people.
I think it's funny. I'm just over 5'1 and have been fine. I do realize that some REALLY shorter people may have serious issues though that we may not realize. Being under 4'6" difficult YES disablilty, not really.
Sounds like someone wanting something for nothing if you ask me.
If you don't love yourself....how can you expect others to.
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Fitness Minutes: (9,922) Posts: 1,577 11/29/13 4:22 P
I came across this today on the internet that women who are under 5 feet are considered to have a height disability.
I am under 5 feet and do not consider it to be a disability. I function quite well and look just fine. Just because I can't reach certain things up high... doesn't make me disabled. I found what I read to be quite rude towards us petite women who are under 5 feet.
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