Vera says on 11/Jun/13
I'm 12 and I'm 5'3" . I think that's not the normal height of a 12 year old. Is there a way to lose height?
6ft 1 guy
says on 9/Jun/13
rob, is measuring with a stadiometer and a tape measure different in accuracy? this guy I know claims he's 6ft 2 and he's actually shorter than me an I'm 6ft 1 from being measured with a tape measure a bunch of times
[Editor Rob: there can be a small error in any measurement, but something like an inch would mean something seriously wrong with a stadiometer - if it was mounted to the wall, then there's always a chance the person attached it wrongly, but if it was free standing then it should be accurate enough compared to a tape measure and wall measurement.]
says on 24/May/13
Rob - Given the article states that shrinking starts as early as 30. Have you noticed any shrinking yourself? Are you still the very same height you were in you're early/mid 20's?
[Editor Rob: I haven't lost anything at nearly 37. I'm now really measuring a couple times a year or whenever I have another pair of sneaker/shoes to check out so I will track it as I age. I'm hoping I follow my Dad who really didn't lose height till 60's, he was still near 5ft 10 by age 60.
says on 11/May/13
Rob, my dad is 53 years old, I recently measured him at midnight at 171.5 cm. He hated the idea of being measured (I literally had to make him take his shoes off!), and during the day he always has his shoes on around the house so I don't get the chance to measure him. What would you guess his 'true' height to be, considering he was measured so late at night and he is in his fifties so he's most likely lost about half an inch already.
[Editor Rob: I'm sure he's close to 5ft 8, maybe in his 30's he rarely dipped below the 5ft 8 mark.
I've measured my Dad no more than handful of times in 20 years, he lost a good inch of height from age 60 when he was still near his peak of 5ft 10 to age 72 were he was down to barely 5ft 9 and didn't like to know he had shrunk. Now 76 he's still about 175cm, although can walk about like a 173 guy at times.]
says on 20/Apr/13
Rob, I am taller in the mornings on the days when I do lower back stabilizer exercises the night before, than compared to the days I don't do them. They help my posture. Can that help reduce shrinkage with older age?
[Editor Rob: I don't know, but keeping doing some basic stretching/exercise as you get older will help your muscles and posture as you age.]
Sarah says on 15/Apr/13
To all the tall girls who want to lose height, I'm 32, 5'10" and I say use your height and grab a tall man! Not only are they physically more attractive, on the whole they are better mannered, have better personalities and are just more relaxed and at ease with themselves.
says on 6/Apr/13
Hi! Im 19 years old and really tall for a girl. It's something i've been depressed about almost my entire life. Is there any type of height shortening you can do? Like exercise or hormone treatment? Is it possible to loose at least 1 inch of your height at a young age? Would be very thankful for your answer.
[Editor Rob: there's nothing wrong with being tall or short, we are all given a height and if someone has an issue with it, it's their problem, not ours.
The only real way, short of adopting a poor posture (which long term won't help your back), is extreme surgery, which isn't something I'd recommend.
maybe read a few blogs on tall women as they might have some advice from their perspectives.]
ChrisGo says on 14/Mar/13
Yes. Teen girls are shrinking and a reason must be found. My daughter age 14 was a height of 5'7". Now age 15 and height of 5'6 1/4". This truly happened, I wittnessed it myself!
truth178cm says on 9/Mar/13
Gabriel says on 20/Jun/11
I'm 15 and I am 5'11. However, the strange thing is that I shrunk from 6 ft at 14.
you dont shrink at 15, thats funny. You were just pretty badly measured. at around 60 you would start to shrink and maybe around 80 years lose an inch.
nathi says on 18/Feb/13
me i dont believe that at the age of 30 years a human shrink
How can you notice?
says on 11/Feb/13
Rob, did you edit your reply to dmeyer? I'm pretty sure it used to say "I would be delighted to only lose 1cm", not 2cm. 1cm would be great sure but 2cm doesn't seem all that great to me.
[Editor Rob: I probably meant to type 1cm, that would be a great loss by 72-73, over 3cm would be a bad loss, 2cm would be ok, pretty typical]
little sue says on 3/Feb/13
My Nan and her 2 sisters were all around 5ft 2 and all lived to 93. By the time they had died they had all lost about 6 inches.
says on 14/Jan/13
Hey Rob, as a short man i am terrified by the idea to shrink, what can i do to avoid possible height shrinkage? Thnx for answering
[Editor Rob: keep eating well, making sure you have enough vitamins/minerals in your diet. Try to at least do some gentle stretching/exercise to help your muscles as you age.]
says on 5/Jan/12
so average height loss by 60 is 1.7cm some drop 1cm others 3 cm
[Editor Rob: you are doing well with just a cm, you are unlucky if you lose 3cm by that age.
I would be delighted to only lose 2cm by early 70's!]
Sue says on 4/Jan/12
Iam 65 and have already lost 2-1/2" from 5' 9-1/2" to 5' 7" with no diagnosis of osteoporosis. I wonder how short I will be by age 85! It seems to me that tall people more lose height than short people for some reason.
Sabrina says on 4/Oct/11
I dont know how tall i am but i know im taller than my boyfriend. I hate being taller than the guys i date and i try everything to be shorter. It makes me feel like a giant, so im looking for something to help me shrink just a little bit...
Gabriel says on 20/Jun/11
I'm 15 and I am 5'11. However, the strange thing is that I shrunk from 6 ft at 14.
XistenZ says on 18/Jun/11
I'm 6'3", hope I grow some more, and hopefully I won't lose any height with age.
sudesh says on 25/May/11
my height 6'4" inches and weight 50 kg so i want loss my height i keep height like 5'9" and grow own weight
Candyman says on 23/Mar/11
Hulk Hogan has appeared to be no more than 6'3.25" lately as he is slightly shorter than Dan Marino, Dwyane Wade and Snoop Dogg in many photos.
Steve Waclo says on 20/Feb/11
Had to find some 411 for a passport anc came across military records from the Navy in 1961, when I stood at a tall, skinny 6', 1". Last physical (age 67)came in at 5' 8" (!). Confirmed from wedding photos of me towering over the spouse. Dad died at 82 in '05 and his Army records from 1943 showed 6"1". I was looking down at him in his later years.
k mart says on 26/Dec/10
I am a solid 6' 3½" (1.92 m) and am 21 years of age... if i keep fit i probably wont lose much height if any with age.. my parents are well over 50 years old and have not lost any height.. im confident i will continue to stand tall with age
Alex says on 20/Dec/10
Actually, I found something rather odd. I'm 13 here, so it's not like I'm some 50 year old flipping about my height.
But..... my height corresponds with my weight. After I'm sick and I lose say, 10 pounds, I don't get skinnier. What do I do? I shrink. When I gain weight, do I get fat? No, I get taller. I can be anywhere from 5' to 5'5... Right now I'm about 5'4. Only two weeks ago, I was 5'2. and in the summer at one point I was 5' on the nose.
EdgarHernandez says on 25/Nov/10
Quick question, i dont know quite honest what my dad height in his prime was, because one medical card of him in the 70s (when he was 17) at 5ft 9, but he towers over my mom who was 5ft 2 in the 80s, pretty much like a full head, today i taller than him by 2 inches(only because i had longer legs, when sit, we are the same size) i am 5ft 11, i suspect that he was 5ft 10 or maybe 5ft 10.5, but he lost quickly height because he always had, horrible posture
Em. says on 1/Jul/10
So here's my dilemma. I was measured by a doctor in April - 5' 8'' and a half. Sounded good. Went home, measured, got the same result. Then, about three weeks ago, measured again. 5'6''. FREAKED OUT. Went to a doctor, they said it was probably just a fluke. Measured today. 5' 4'' and a half. My mom is taller than me again. WHAT IS GOING ON?!
aarod says on 26/Jun/10
my father was slightly over 6'4" in his prime, today, at 62, he is a shade over 6'3"
Charlotte says on 25/May/10
I am currently 15 and 5'4 and I hate it. I wish I was 5'2 so I could blend in height wise, thats about the tallest it gets where I live but I have considerably tall parents. My doctor says my current height is a current height is as tall as I will get, but I still wish I were shorter.
Is there a healthy way to 'shrink'?
Carrie--amazing shrinking woman! says on 4/Feb/10
I am 23 years old- had a slight curvature of my spine, I was 5 ft 7 in in 2008 after giving birth to my daughter i have rapidly lost height, I am now measuring at 5 ft 4 in 2010, i have proof at two of my doctors offices. I was checked for osteoporosis and the results came back negative. And I recently had x-rays of my spine again to see if it was getting worse but to by doctors surprise my back has actually straightened out. I am getting a little worried..If anyone has any idea of what could be going on I would love to know.
Danimal says on 30/Dec/09
It's funny how teenagers are scared to lose height. Don't worry kids, it won't be noticeable until you are around 50.
k mart says on 16/Oct/09
i am now officially 6ft 3 1/2in tall and am almost 20 years old.. i stay in good shape and am an average build not to heavy not to light. it is true that sometimes people shrink alot while other times people barely shrink at all. no one in my family has experienced any loss in height. good news for me cause i want to stand tall even when i'm older!
court says on 13/Oct/09
i am 18 years old, when i was 16 i was measured at 5'5", but when i was measured a few weeks ago i was deemed to be 5'3". the only reason i can think of is degenerative lumbar disease. its a disease in which my last lumbar disk is degenerating and flattening out.
Linke says on 9/Oct/09
another example of celebrity with height loss is wrestling superstar Superstar Billy graham.Billy was definitely 6'4 in the peak and today he's about 5'10-11.I heard that he mentioned height loss in certain interview.Also julia child lost quite a bit.
yoyo says on 21/Aug/09
not possible for everyone to shrink alot due to aging.. my grandfather at age 77, which he was 5ft6 at youth. which now i measure him at 5ft5.75(167cm)in morning. i believe he had only lost a cm.
k mart says on 3/Mar/09
i'm 6'3'' and am 19.5 years old.... i am not overweight and am in good health.... i have no plans in shrinking with age. my grandfather is 87 years old and has not shrunk at all.
aram x says on 2/Feb/09
Who in the world would want to shrink in height? It's a sign of bad health and aging, so I would not want to have any noticeable height shrinkage as I age (no more than an inch).
George says on 27/Oct/08
My Mum is 52 years old and she has lost 1.25 inches and My Dad is 62 and has lost exactly 2 inches.
sean says on 17/Sep/08
im 6ft2 nd im 18 i hate it i used to love being 5ft6 anyway i can shrink ma height i did shirnk a little bit i was 6ft4 nd i measure nd i shrank 2 inches in a year so hopefulyl i shirnk more
Christiano says on 11/Jul/08
What exacly causes height loss?
james says on 5/May/08
well at the moment im 6ft21/2half and growing is there any way i can shrink in this world because i believe i was never met to be this height but because of basketball i had a big growth spirth out of nowhere so if theres ant any way that can happen please email me because im very dicouraged about myself evertime i wake up everyday please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 0r email@example.com thank you!
sandra says on 6/Apr/08
well at the moment im 14years old and female and currently 6ft3 and growing and is there any way i can shrink because its not very convenient to be that tall at my age if there is can anybody email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
ferrnn says on 16/Feb/08
kk ya my dad was 6,2 when he married my mom, actually when i was about 6 he was still about 6,2. Now he's just under 6,1. but he is almost 51. He is also a dentist which gives him a huge hunch as well as his bad posture. Actually if he didnt have the posture hed be an easy 6,1.5. But w.e hes shrunk abit due to age and his job.
Damian says on 17/Jul/07
It's really scary to read about this height loss in celebrities. Of course I'm no celebrity but I'm only 25 and already I've shrunk in height by just over 6cm (2.25ins) due to osteoporosis after taking steroids since I was 17...down from 170cm (5'7") to 164cm (5'4.5") and I have to take tablets and injections. Let this be a warning about taking steroids. The thought of being a realy little old man ain't nice.
Halb says on 25/Apr/07
I thought Hogan was meant to be less than 6'4 tho? I am not sure he was ever 6'6 either.