Tall women are often seen as intimidating and unattractive. Of course, we all know that being tall is a problem if you want to attract men, but it can also be a big disadvantage in the workplace, where shorter people get promoted faster.

Do you think you are the tallest person in the world? With this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about becoming shorter. We got it covered, so you don’t have to worry anymore!

You will finally be able to wear flats like a regular person and stop feeling like a giant among dwarfs.

3 Benefits of being tall

Benefits of being tall

Even if you are a woman, being tall has many benefits.

Being respected

For example, you are less likely to get catcalled or harassed on the street. People (even all the boys) will also respect you more because of your height.

Playing sports

While working out is sometimes a pain, tall women get an advantage over shorter people in sports such as basketball and volleyball.

You can also take part in parkour where you would be unstoppable!

Being attractive

If you are tall, your chances of being attractive increase. This is because most men prefer taller women.

It must be noted, though, that this only applies to very tall girls (over 6 feet), so if you are under 6 feet, you can skip reading the rest of this article and get back to what you were doing.

So what is the problem?

While being tall has many benefits, you can’t go around and brag to people that you are taller than them. The one thing we all hate as women are feeling small and weak. There is something very intimidating about a tall woman who looks down at you with those big eyes giving you “the look,” especially if she is wearing heels.

It doesn’t matter how beautiful or smart you are; people will always find a way to think that you are arrogant and most likely dumb too. They will start talking about your height behind your back and gossip like crazy.

Fortunately for us (and unfortunately for them), there are ways you can become shorter!

Can you shrink in height?

Can you shrink in height? As early as the 30s, no. We can lose an inch by age 70 for men and 2 inches between 30 to 80 years old.

Men and women may both lose a few inches in their lifetimes as they become older, with the most significant reduction beginning at eighty years of age.

At 80, it is feasible that they could lose an additional inch on top of what has been lost throughout previous decades.

How tall is tall for a girl?

When it comes to height, 5’7″ is considered average for women in the United States. If you’re below that (5’2″), people see you as short. If above (6’10”), they think of you as tall.

If you feel bad, try to find people of the same height and compare yourself with them. It is no doubt that you will find people taller than you most of the time, and it will make you feel better about your height.

You can also look at models or actresses to measure your height against theirs, but beware that they are usually very tall (5’11”) because that’s what sells!

It is important to remember that tall girls have problems being tall, just as short women hate being short.

Besides, you won’t have health benefits if you become shorter, so do this for your own sake.

If you feel uncomfortable being tall, then read on and discover how you can become shorter!

How to get shorter

How can I stop growing taller? Of course, we all know genes determine that height, but you can still do many things about it.

Don’t wear high heels.

High heels would make you look like a model, but they also make you taller. So if you absolutely feel the need to wear them (we all do once in a while), try to keep your height at around 5’6″ or less.

You can also wear flats, but if people see that you are taller than the average girl (5’6″), they might feel intimidated by you.

So if people are talking about your height, turn around and laugh at them with those high heels of yours!

Short hair is your friend.

This will make your face look smaller, and it will also focus the attention on your eyes (we all know how beautiful they are) instead of the length of your legs. Choppy layers are also a great option to make you seem shorter, even if you are very tall.

Wear armor clothes

You can also wear oversized clothing to make you look shorter than what you actually are. This is especially useful if you’re short but still want to wear heels because it will help you hide your height advantage.

Wear short dresses

If you want people to think you are shorter, wear short dresses. People will see your legs and think that they are much shorter than they thought. You can even wear shorts!

Aging

As you get older, your height may decrease. This is because your body gets stiffer, which reduces the amount of growth you can do. So if you’re still young, this will work for you too!

We shrink throughout the day.

You are taller in the morning and shorter at night. This is because of gravity, which pulls you down throughout the day. Day-to-day fluctuations are about 1cm, but you can get up to 2cm shorter overnight.

So if you want to make a good first impression – stand up straight and tall!

Wear flat shoes

Wearing shoes without heels will make you look much shorter. Of course, it’s not a very effective way to become short, but it’s still better than nothing! Most girls don’t like wearing flats, but this is your best option to become shorter.

Sleeping positions

If you sleep on your back, then the spine is less likely to get stretched out. So you’re a little taller in the morning. If you sleep on your stomach and have more hip angles, you will be shorter by a few millimeters. Sleeping position can affect height, and it’s impossible to reduce height overnight.

Don’t wear high-waist pants.

If you want to look shorter, do not wear pants that are close to the waist. These pants make your legs look longer but also make your body look funny.

Avoid pointed-toe shoes

Do not wear sneakers or shoes with pointed toes. This can make your legs look longer, and you will not feel as comfortable. Wear tennis shoes or flats instead, and if you must wear sneakers, pick those that tie around the ankles. Try to avoid wearing high heels for this same reason.

Stay away from vertical stripes.

Slim and tall people should wear horizontal stripes because it will shorten their figure.

Wear large prints

Big prints on clothes make the person look shorter. Small prints make people look taller. Is that simple?

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

If you are overweight, losing even just a few pounds will help you shrink in height.

Keep your hair long

Long hair is good if you are tall because it can take a few centimeters off your height. Short hair makes you taller.

Color blocking

If you wear tops and bottoms that are different colors, it will make your body look shorter.

Big handbags

Large handbags draw attention away from you and shorten your silhouette.

Eating Habits

It is also possible to get shorter by eating less. This will result in your body beginning to consume its own muscles and tissues, which leads to fewer inches around the waistline.

Fake it with makeup

Make sure to highlight the curves of your face (eyelashes, eyeshadow) to make yourself look thinner/shorter.

Apply light-colored lipstick for the same effect. Avoid dark colors as they have the opposite effect and make you look wider/thicker.

This way, you will diminish the appearance of your height. You can also wear false lashes since they will shorten your eyes and make them pop at the same time!

Leg Shortening Surgery

During limb-shortening surgery, your doctor will cut your bones and put metal plates on them to shorten your leg length. It takes a few weeks to recover from the operation. During that time, you will have limited mobility because the bones are still healing.

How long will it take to recover from leg shortening surgery?

It is common for people who have undergone leg-shortening surgeries to spend up to a week in the hospital. Sometimes, casts are put on legs for 3–4 weeks, and full healing takes 8–12 weeks. At this point, individuals can return to their normal activities again without any problems or consequences arising after that time period has lapsed.

Some people think they look shorter when they slouch. This is not true and can hurt your back. The best thing to do is accept yourself and not worry about the way you look. It’s good to be tall.

Why am I a tall girl?

What are the reasons why you are a tall person?

Genetics

Genetics is the most common cause of being tall for both men and women. The average height in the United States is 5 feet 9 inches for males and 5 feet 4 inches for females.

If you fall into any of these categories, then you are considered tall: if your male parent is 6 feet 2 inches or taller, and your female parent is 5 feet 7 inches or taller; if you are a woman and you are 5 feet 10 inches or taller; if you are a man and you are 6 feet 3 inches or taller.

Bone growth

You are also considered to be tall if you have high bone growth. It is widespread in children who are ages 13-17. Children who take steroids can also have an increased risk of being tall.

Growth hormone disorder

If you have a growth hormone disorder, then you are taller than the average person. Certain genetic conditions cause this disorder, such as hypopituitarism and gigantism.

Growth spurts

A final reason why you are a tall person is through your growth spurts. Growth spurts mostly take place in children ages 13-17. You have a growth spurt if you have a sudden increase in your height after being at a stable height for some time.

Environment

Being tall can also be attributed to how you were brought up. For example, if most of the people who surrounded you as a child were of average height, you may not be aware that you are taller than most people around you.

Sleeping Positions

The way you position yourself while sleeping can also affect your height. For example, sleeping flat on your back results in the least loss of height instead of being doubled over on either side or lying straight down with your head directly below your feet.

When do you stop growing?

There is a certain age where everyone will stop growing – the average age to stop growing in males is 17.6 years, while for females, it is 18.5 years.

You stop growing when your growth plates (ends of your bones) have fused. You can speed up or slow down the closing of your plates by exercising and eating right.

There is also a certain age where people may begin to shrink – the average age for males to start shrinking is 70, while for females, it is 75.

Conclusion

If you are concerned about your height, it would be best to consult with a doctor or endocrinologist to discuss any medical conditions that can cause abnormal growth spurts. This way, you’ll know if there is anything medically wrong with you, which could affect your height.

Finally, we recommend you feel confident. Confidence is essential for tall men and women because being tall is not such a bad thing.

DISCLAIMER: buildyourbody.org does not provide medical advice, examination, and diagnosis.

Medically reviewed and approved by Nataniel Josue M D.