All Sizes Succeed

Facts of Life

Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved injections of a drug that can make short kids taller. The decision was based partly on the belief that short stature is emotionally disabling for children. “Bunk!” says a study published in the September issue of the medical journal Pediatrics. Researchers found that height plays no role in the number of friendships very short children have or in their adjustment to life. Ditto for kids deemed “too tall.”

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