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Janos Mon 01-Sep-08 20:56:18

I have spent my entire adult life thinking I am 5ft 2.

I had a medical today.

I am only 5ft 1.

everythigni believed,is a lie!!! And, I'm even more of a shortarse than I thought.


NomDePlume Mon 01-Sep-08 20:57:00

<pats ickle-wickle-teeny Janos on the head>

mehgalegs Mon 01-Sep-08 20:57:45

You might have shrunk. I have always thought i was 6ft2 [rubbing it in emoticon] but have lost an inch soemwhere along the way.

charchargabor Mon 01-Sep-08 20:58:04

The same thing happened to me a while ago. I have been convinced I was 5ft1 for years. Nope, 5ft 0.1 inches (yes it matters!) Suddenly I felt like a Borrower! grin

tissy Mon 01-Sep-08 20:58:41

you will be shorter at the end of the day

your discs squash under the influence of gravity

Ronaldinhio Mon 01-Sep-08 20:59:19

Do like my mum and best friend do...they pretend to be 5"5 when they are both actually 5"3. They both figure that it is so short that no one will bother arguing with their damned shortarse lies grin

traceybath Mon 01-Sep-08 21:00:05

You see this is why i never get measured. I am 5ft and not an inch less.

Janos Mon 01-Sep-08 21:00:59

That 1 inch was an important part of my personality. I feel.....bereft!

Janos Mon 01-Sep-08 21:01:53

He he sister is the tall one in our family. She is 5ft 4 grin

PigeonPie Mon 01-Sep-08 21:02:08

Janos, but it's true that good things come in small packages - well, I tell myself that, but I'm not sure what I'm good at yet!

Same thing happened to me, but it made me under 5', I felt very small for a while, but I make up for it with a big personality grin

TheNaughtiestGirlIsaMonitor Mon 01-Sep-08 21:02:25

I can't be bothered lying. I'm five 2. Tbh, I don't think it's that rare. I seem to know loads of people who are only an inch or two inches taller. Or maybe I am just drawn to other small people!

Did anybody else read 'Look' magazine this week? There was an article about slovakian girls having an operation to lengthen their legs. It's not recommended here unless the patient has had a growth defect. But these girls were putting themselves through a WHOLE year of agony, mostly in hospital, and then physio, just to be five foot four instead of five foot two.

ElfOnTheTopShelf Mon 01-Sep-08 21:04:18

I sent a message to my friend on facebook the other day, telling her that when I read her Q&A on how tall she was I always ended up laughing, and called her midget.
She'd written she was 5ft 6, she's actually 5ft 4. She'd got her measurements wrong, bless her. She changed her answer to "I dont know, I dont do measurements... good job hey boys!"

nell12 Mon 01-Sep-08 21:05:51

What time in the day did you get measured Janos?

You shrink during the day (gravity squashes you) so if you were measured in the afternoon, you may well have been 5ft 2 at some point today!

If you were measured in the morning, then sorry, you are even shorter now grin

ElfOnTheTopShelf Mon 01-Sep-08 21:06:04

I'm 5ft 8, I am from a tall family. DH is tall but the females are tiny, not even 5ft!
My side seem to tower over the women on his side.

Janos Mon 01-Sep-08 21:07:02

You are right PigeonPie.

My mum (who actually is 5ft 2)says that good things come in small packages.

It's just..the package is smaller than I originally thought!

Joking aside TNGIAM, that's dreadful. Imagine putting yourself throughs omething like that

Ronaldinhio Mon 01-Sep-08 21:07:31

I went with my female relatives to New York. Everytime we left the hotel they fell into line behind me and started singing "Hi ho hi ho it's off to work we go"
This is a very embarassing but true story!!!!

FuriousGeorge Mon 01-Sep-08 21:07:54

You may have lost height during childbirth.My mum did,she was 5ft & half an inch when expecting me.After I was born,she measured 5ft.

She still blames me for that lost half inch to this day-nearly 40 years later.

solidgoldbrass Mon 01-Sep-08 21:08:18

Teasing aside, how is your posture? If you slouch it could reduce your height, and if you are post-menopausal and losing bone density, that could make a difference too ISTR.

lickleolme Mon 01-Sep-08 21:09:16

dh mam is 4'10 and his nan was 4'6, dd is 14 and still only 4'10, she prays every night that she grows to 5'

Janos Mon 01-Sep-08 21:10:39

No luck nell12, it was in the morning. Quite late on though...11.30.

So..maybe I'm really 5ft 1 and a 1/2 ?


hecate Mon 01-Sep-08 21:13:16

I have your inch!

I thought I was 5ft1, but my sister informs me that my niece has just hit 5ft1 and when we stood together I was thiiiiiiis much taller than her <holds finger and thumb about an inch apart>

So not sure how that happened, but your inch is definitely with me now.


Janos Mon 01-Sep-08 21:14:10


I'm definitely not post menopausal, just 34 and still have periods (curse them). Menopause hasn't shrunk my mum though.

Janos Mon 01-Sep-08 21:15:24

Hecate, can I have my inch back....please?

grin grin

ElfOnTheTopShelf Mon 01-Sep-08 21:15:47

My sister is slightly taller than me, but I have longer legs which we did not know until she had to have her wedding dress taken up for the length and mine was perfect. preen
Though it means I have a slightly shorter body, doh!

On the shrinking when pregnant, I didn't know that... but did anybody else end up with bigger feet. What the hell is that all about?!

BloodySmartarse Mon 01-Sep-08 21:16:12

i am 5' 4 and a half.
and i actually say the 'and a half' bit.
[loser emoticon]

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