Since I talk so about about the biggest and tallest people and how to grow taller, it may seem like I only prefer people who are big but that is not true. I find any humans who have extreme bodies interesting. To follow in the spirit of the previous post which was only an introductory look at dwarfism, achondroplasia, and growth-hormone deficiency I wanted to answer the question “Who is the shortest person in the world, at least right now?”
The title seems to go to Chandra Bahadur Dangi (age 72) of Nepal at the current time who stands only at 0.546 m (1 ft 9 in) tall. He broke the record of Gul Mohammed, the shortest adult human whose height was 22.5 inches. He was awarded the title of shortest adult human ever recorded after measuring his height three times in 24 hours. Guinness official Craig Glenday presented Dangi with two certificates for being the world’s shortest living man and the world’s shortest person recorded in Guinness’ 57-year history. Dangi takes the shortest man record from Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, who is 23.5 inches (60 centimeters) tall.
Chandra suffers from primordial dwarfism, which results in a smaller body size in all stages of life beginning from before birth. More specifically, primordial dwarfism is a diagnostic category including specific types of profoundly proportionate dwarfism, in which individuals are extremely small for their age. So the condition results in some of the most extreme cases of dwarfism which many of the former world’s smallest person suffered from as well.