Scientists have come up with a drug, injected once a day, that appears to make children’s bones grow. To many, it’s a wondrous invention that could improve the lives of thousands of people with dwarfism. To others, it’s a profit-driven solution in search of a problem, one that could unravel decades of hard-won respect for an entire community.
Dwarfism has many different causes. Several of the causes of dwarfism can lead to other health problems, such as osteoarthritis.
Look, I'm not sensitive about my height, OK? I barely notice the constant media jibes at teeny tiny Tom Cruise and his giant missus Katie Holmes.
And so what if the pint-size Nicolas Sarkozy looks up at his spouse, Carla Bruni? Who cares? Well, as a fellow shorty, I do.
Compared to a lot of people who are categorized as “Dwarf,” I am very fortunate. I am 4’5, which is on the tall end of dwarfism. I do not have Achondroplasia, which means that my body is proportional and I do not have any bone or muscle problems tied to my condition. That being said, I am enough “below the norm” that my experience, I find, is more relatable to Little People than it is to just “people.”
A long-term study shows that people with Laron syndrome, a genetically based form of dwarfism, almost never succumb to cancer or diabetes.
A small population of Ecuadoreans afflicted with a dwarfism disorder almost never get cancer or diabetes, a finding that may point the way to new treatments for both diseases, according to a new study.
I am an actor that you have reviewed neither favorably nor unfavorably in two different movies: one was “Death to Smoochy,” the other "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her.” I have absolutely no objection to you trashing a film or lauding it. I do object to the use of the word "midgets" in your review of “Death to Smoochy.”
While dwarfs have usually been cast the butt of jokes, Dinklage will no longer play leprechauns or elves. He is a serious and infinitely talented actor who has unquestionably challenged people's views of dwarfism with his witty, acerbic and complex role as Tyrion Lannister,
When you don't see it coming at all, it will feel like you are blindsided. Like you got knocked out by the current heavyweight champion when you didn't even know you were in the ring.
The fact that tall people die younger appears to be an immutable physical reality. A short person is like a Honda Civic: compact and efficient. Tall people are Cadillac Escalades.
Suicide is a huge issue within the dwarfism community and until recently discussions of mental health have really been seen as a taboo subject. Something that’s talked about in the darkness of the hotel room with your friends at 4 o’clock in the morning after a convention or regional, whispered over hushed tones over the telephone when you found out that yet another one of your friends is gone.
We talked to Ihab Yassin about what it's like living in a world built for tall people.
A sexologist helps people with dwarfism overcome their bodies' obstacles to sex and intimacy.
The types of dwarfism have different causes and physical characteristics, though they are all characterized by short stature. Most of the conditions are genetic and present at birth.
There are two main categories of dwarfism...
“Look at that baby over there!”; “Wow! You’re so tiny!”; “There’s that midget over there!”; “How old are you?”; “Can you read?”; “Can you write?”; “How come you can talk?”; “Do you wear footie pajamas to bed because you’re so small?”
This is a sampling of some of the comments Little People hear regularly. The words people use have meaning and power. This article explores some of the history surrounding the terminology used to describe Little People.
For short people, climbing stairs can become an extreme sport, you have to possess a flawless aim just to throw your letters into postboxes, and ATMs, well, they're just out of the question. These factors make you realize just how important height is in your everyday life.
There are true short-statured populations to this day in the Andaman Islands (north of Sumatra) and the African rainforests, and borderline peoples in the rainforests of the Malay Peninsula and the Philippines.
Maybe it's that shows about little people broaden our definition of what is normal. They also expose what is common. We all have obstacles to overcome. These shows give us permission to stare, if only to reflect. A day on Roloff Farms is real life, our life, in small scale.
It doesn’t matter how long your legs are, you can only take one step at a time.
Little people, also known as dwarves, LPs, and people of short stature, are a diverse group. They came from all walks of life, representing all ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders, religious groups, and class backgrounds. Dwarfism - which is defined by an adult height of 4' 10" or under - is caused by over 200 different medical conditions. 70 percent of cases are the result of achondroplasia, which affects affects between 1 in 15,000 to 1 in 40,000 people worldwide.
Growing Stronger is a not-for-profit group dedicated to improving the quality of medical care of little people through research.
I want to personally welcome all of you to the Little People of the World Organization. We are here to resolve issues that for a long time have been suppressed, and focus on the struggles that are upon us each day. Our future generations will continue to have the struggles and hard times. Our organization has been placed to help everyone we can all around the world.
Matt & Amy Roloff enlist the help of their four children Jeremy, Zack, Molly & Jacob to help expand the business of Roloff farms. As the kids grow older, the family grows larger and the Roloffs learn how to keep their family relationships strong
I am a preschool teacher living in Central California. I am also the wife of a preacher and the mother of two teenage boys. While some days I want to work somewhere where no children poke me and say, “Teacher, Teacher, Teacher….”, I for the most part love my job working with the Little People.
The Understanding Dwarfism Program started after Jimmy and Darlene Korpai were informed that their daughter has a form of dwarfism. Being average sized parents, they knew absolutely nothing about dwarfism. Unfortunately, they knew this to be a fact with the majority of our population. It has, therefore, become their mission to figure out creative ways to help educate the general public and help raise awareness to create a brighter future for their daughter and all those that share in this difference – dwarfism.
Blog for little people. Kapas is an unique, locally made baby clothing brand. We strive to design and produce proudly South African, 100% cotton baby clothing for all the little people out there.
LPA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with dwarfism throughout their lives while celebrating with great pride Little People’s contribution to social diversity. LPA strives to bring solutions and global awareness to the prominent issues affecting individuals of short stature and their families.
Human Growth Foundation (HGF) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to help children with disorders of growth and adults with growth hormone deficiency by providing research, education, support, and advocacy.
Achondroplasia is a form of short-limbed dwarfism. The word achondroplasia literally means "without cartilage formation."