Publisher description for Size matters : how height affects the health, happiness, and success of boys and the men they become / Stephen S. Hall.


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With a bracing mix of fresh research, incisive reportage, and personal
candor, Size Matters uncovers the causes and effects of society"s
bias against shortness and reveals how short people can and do thrive in
spite of this insidious bigotry. Drawing on his own childhood experience
(he was shorter than 99 percent of boys his age) and extensive investigation
and interviews, Stephen Hall explores the fraught phenomenon of
bullying and charts its lifelong consequences. He seeks out the factors
determining that one person"s small stature will lead to low status while
another short person develops resilience that will enrich his later life.

Hall pinpoints the forces that create and cash in on our anxieties
about size, from superhero action figures to drug companies that sell a
hormone that increases children"s height (at a cost of up to $40,000
a year). He visits families agonizing over whether to make that huge
investment. He hangs out with teenagers who will do whatever it takes
to grow taller, and he uncovers the sources of the intense pressure they
feel. He even tracks down the kid he once bullied in grammar school,
who was, of course, the only one shorter than he. Along the way, Hall
builds a persuasive case against societal attitudes that make size (or any
difference) matter and argues forcefully for the advantages of being short.
Size Matters will raise the consciousness--and the spirits--of any short
male and anyone who cares about him.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Stature, Short -- Psychological aspects.
Stature, Short -- Social aspects.