Dwarfism is a medical or genetic disorder in which a person is significantly smaller than an average-sized man or woman. Adults with dwarfism are typically 4 feet tall, but it is possible to be dwarfed if you are 4’10” or shorter. “Short stature” is frequently used instead of “dwarfism” or “dwarf.” The terms “small person” and “little people” are also frequently used. The Little People of America is one of the most well-known advocacy groups for people with dwarfism. The term “midget” isn’t appropriate. Be aware of the words or labels used to characterize a person with dwarfism. Be aware of any obstacles or discrimination people may experience in their daily lives. Proportionate dwarfism is a condition in which the head, trunk, and limbs are all proportionate to each other but significantly smaller than those of an average-sized person.
A hormone shortage is often the cause of this type of dwarfism. Hormone injections can often be used to treat it while a child is still growing. As a result, someone with proportionate dwarfism may be able to attain or come close to reaching ordinary height.