Star-Telegram Staff Writer
of money and the heart, taller people, especially men, simply fare better.
studies have shown that they land the top jobs, make the most money and consistently
win the girl.
2001 study of 359 men in Britain found that those who never married were, on average,
not quite an inch shorter than their married peers. Other surveys have found that
90 percent of executives are above-average height and that taller men earned an
extra $600 per inch. Even in politics, taller men are consistently elected president.
psychological effect of being short is one of the biggest reasons given by parents
for treating children with growth hormones. For many, the teasing starts in elementary
school and follows a child into adulthood.
it may be natural to be short, I certainly see a lot of children in great angst
because they are the smallest in their class year after year," said Dr. Dana
Hardin, a Dallas pediatric endocrinologist.
Costa, executive director of the Human Growth Foundation, said the organization
receives hundreds of calls from parents worried about their child's height. The
nonprofit support group is based in Glen Head, N.Y.
almost every case, the conversation turns to the bullying, teasing and isolation
that these children deal with," said Costa, whose daughter Nicole grew to
5 feet 2 inches with the help of hormones.
mother and daughter testified before the FDA on the benefits of taking the hormones.
has learned to shrug off the occasional rude comment. But the older she gets,
the more her height has become an issue. She wants to be a dancer, but most professional
companies have a minimum height requirement of 5 feet 4 inches, she said.
parents are shorter than average, but said they did not push their daughter to
take the hormones. Kyler's father, Brian, said his biggest concern has been his
daughter's mental health.
just want her to be happy with herself," he said.
a common attitude among parents, said Costa, who said she doubts that many parents
will consider growth hormones for vanity's sake.
it's not a picture-perfect world we live in, and there are going to be parents
who want their daughters to be models and sons to be basketball players,"
she said. "But I don't think there are that many parents who will subject
their child to daily injections for cosmetic reasons."~*
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